City of Portsmouth Finds EEE in Latest Mosquito Batch Sampled
Mosquitos are vicious little killers. They carry diseases such as the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Malaria which has killed more people than all the World Wars combined.
The latest disease detected, Eastern equine encephalitis, is a relatively new talk in our area. It’s one of the most severe illnesses carried by mosquitos in our area.
There have been 4 cases of EEE in humans in Connecticut this year, 3 of which were fatal.
Seacoastonline is reporting that EEE was found in a batch of mosquitos that were trapped by Dragon Mosquito Control, which collected the sample on the south end of Lafayette Road close to the Rye town line. This is the first positive EEE result in Portsmouth this year.
Because the weather is getting cooler, the mosquito numbers and down but they won’t go away completely until after the first few hard freezes in our area, the article stated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some tips according to Seacoastonline.com: “Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitos indoors and outdoors.”
The EEE virus is a rare cause of brain infections and only a few cases are reported each year, but the fatality rate is high so let’s stay safe and aware.