The New Hanover County Health Department has confirmed two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
The two cases were found after testing the New Hanover County sentinel chicken flock. EEE is rare in humans, but health officials say it is a dangerous, and potentially fatal, disease none the less.
"There is no cure and no vaccine for people available right now, so people need to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites," stated David Rice, New Hanover County Health Director. "Minimize unprotected outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, the times during the day when mosquito activity peaks as they search aggressively for blood meals. Protective measures include applying insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants."
Young and elderly people are at the greatest risk for contracting the disease. Best practices for protecting against the disease is to try and eliminate the disease's carrier: mosquitos.
Ways to eliminate mosquito breeding and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease include:
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