I recently did a story about mosquitos and the diseases they carry after seeing reports of a possible case of EEE, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, in our region.

According to CNN.com, the CDC had reported the disease being carried in mosquito samples in the Massachusetts area.

CNN.com is reporting that health officials have confirmed a case of EEE in a Massachusetts man and have issued a “critical risk” for nine towns in our area.

What is so different about Eastern Equine Encephalitis?  While the disease is rare, it often leads to death.  Symptoms start with high fever, chills, and vomiting.

These are symptoms that we all might confuse for the flu, but EEE progresses quickly to seizures and brain swelling that can cause brain damage and become fatal, according to CNN, and EEE has now been detected in 227 mosquito samples from our area this year.

It’s time to make sure your window screens are in good condition.  Try to stay indoors after dusk when mosquitos are most active and get rid of all standing water such as flower pots, buckets, etc. where they can breed.  Always were insect repellent and long sleeve shirts and pants when going outdoors. Stay safe.