NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Anyone living in New Hanover County should take extra precaution in protecting themselves from mosquitos, according to the health department.
The winged bloodsuckers could be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A recent test found that the local sentinel chicken flock tested positive for the disease, according to a release from the New Hanover County Health Department.
"There is no cure and no vaccine for people available right now, so people need to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites," said Director David Rice in a released statement.
EEE is rare in humans, but it is a serious illness that can be deadly said Deputy Director Joshua Swift. He added that crews work to destroy mosquito larva during the day and spray for adults at night.
The disease is more commonly associated with horses. Preventative vaccines are available for horses at licensed veterinarians.
Tips to reduce the risk of mosquitos around your home include:
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