What is EEEV and what do I need to know about it?
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEEV) has been in the news lately. In New Jersey, confirmed cases have occurred in Somerset, Atlantic and Union counties. With several cases confirmed in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, we want to make sure all of our customers have the information they need about Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus and ways to avoid it.
About Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Overall, it is a relatively rare illness to contract, but cases of this virus tend to occur from late spring to early fall due to times of peak mosquito pressure. Those below the age of 15, above the age of 50 and those who have a weakened immune system due to medical conditions are more susceptible to EEE.
There is currently no vaccine for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. However, many of the symptoms are treatable. It takes 4 to 10 days for symptoms to arise after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Some people who contract the virus won’t show symptoms at all.
Symptoms of EEEV
If you have been bitten by a mosquito and are experiencing the symptoms below, contact your healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment.
Symptoms can progress into more serious conditions such as:
Prevention Methods Against Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Eliminate areas in which mosquitoes will look to breed. Empty out any areas in your yard which may contain standing water. Common areas around homes that collect standing water include; bird baths, kiddie pools, buckets, old tires and gutters.
- Avoid spending time outdoors during dusk and dawn, which is when mosquitoes tend to be especially active.
- If you’re hiking or walking in wooded areas, make sure to wear long sleeves, pants, and socks, so no skin is exposed.
- Use mosquito repellent.
- Continue your regularly scheduled mosquito barrier treatments with Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville-Jackson. This will help control the mosquito population in your yard and add an extra layer of defense against mosquitoes. Mosquitoes continue to be active until the temperature consistently falls below 50 degrees. Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville – Jackson encourages continuing regular services until then, which lasts until mid-November.
If you have not yet been serviced by Mosquito Joe of Robbinsville-Jackson, it is not too late to start. Contact us at 732-228-8092 and we would be happy to discuss the best treatment for mosquito prevention in your yard. You may also contact us online by filling out our contact form. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. No matter what time of year it is, we make outside fun again!