The first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in an Atlantic County resident has been confirmed by the New Jersey Department of Health.
According to authorities, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is one in every of a number of mosquito-borne sicknesses; West Nile Virus being one other. To date, two Atlantic County residents have been confirmed for West Nile Virus.
In a press launch, Atlantic County Public Health Officer Patricia Diamond says, “This is a particularly lively season for mosquito-borne sickness, not solely in New Jersey however all through the nation.”
Officials say EEE has been detected in 65 mosquito samples in 13 New Jersey counties. Other human circumstances have been confirmed in Somerset and Union Counties. The illness is being blamed for 5 deaths in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Most folks with EEE don’t have any obvious sickness, nonetheless, extreme circumstances of EEE start with the sudden onset of headache, excessive fever, chills, and vomiting four to 10 days after a mosquito chew. The sickness might then embrace disorientation, seizures, or coma.
Officials urge everybody to proceed to scale back the danger of being bitten by an contaminated mosquito through the use of insect repellent, carrying lengthy sleeves and pants when outdoor, eradicating standing water, cleansing gutters, and putting in and repairing window and door screens to maintain mosquitoes out of buildings.
For extra details about EEE or West Nile Virus, you possibly can name the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971. If you want help eradicating stagnant water, contact the Office of Mosquito Control at (609) 645-5948.