Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in Oswego County mosquito pools


Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in Oswego County mosquito pools

OSWEGO COUNTY — The Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus has made its way to Oswego County mosquito pools, according to the New York State Department of Health. Commonly known as EEE, the virus is an extremely rare, but serious and often fatal infection that causes encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. It is spread by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus and can also infect a wide range of animals, including humans. All people are susceptible to being infected, but people older than 50 and younger than 15 are at greatest risk for developing severe disease after being exposed to EEE.Symptoms of an EEE infection typically appear four to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but some people may not experience any symptoms. Severe cases of EEE infection, the DOH stated, begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting that may progress into disorientation, seizures, encephalitis and coma. Of patients who develop EEE, about a third will die or develop mild to severe brain damage. There are no specific treatments for EEE, but existing treatment typically includes respiratory support and intravenous fluids. As with most diseases, the best treatment is prevention.The Department of Health recommends dressing in long sleeves and pants tucked into socks or boots when mosquitos are present, using insect repellent recommended for use on exposed skin and removing all standing water at home to reduce the mosquito population. Oswego County Health Department’s Director of Public Health, Jiancheng Huang, said having the EEE virus in Oswego County is not uncommon. Typically it happens every year because of the surrounding lakes and swampy conditions. Mr. Huang echoed the DOH and said prevention is the best way to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors. “People in Oswego County should continue to use insect repellents when participating in outdoor activities and take measures to reduce mosquito breeding sites around the home,” Mr. Huang said. The DOH, in addition, has released a plan to include mosquito education and health advisories to all local health department and health care providers, with symptoms and diagnostic procedures for various viruses. There is additional information for veterinary medical practitioners to protects pets and animals that could also contract or carry the diseases.For future education, DOH will be hosting a booth at the Great New York State Fair from Aug. 22 to Sept. 3, with educational materials, mosquito repellent wipes and larvicide.
Source: Watertown Daily Times Latest News
Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in Oswego County mosquito pools

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