The first case of a harmful mosquito-borne virus — Eastern Equine Encephalitis — has been present in a check pool in Rockland County.
According to Rockland County Health Department officers, the mosquitoes have been collected from a lure within the Town of Orangetown on Sept. 17, as a part of the county’s ongoing mosquito surveillance efforts. To date, no human circumstances of EEE have been reported in Rockland.
“The Rockland County Health Department’s mosquito management program will proceed to watch identified mosquito breeding websites, together with websites close to the place these contaminated mosquitoes have been discovered. Additional mosquito surveillance actions by our Department are already underway,” mentioned Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a uncommon however doubtlessly severe sickness for people that’s transmitted by the chew of an contaminated mosquito.
People of all ages are prone to an infection; nevertheless, individuals over 50 and youthful than 15 are at best threat of getting the virus, the division mentioned.
Most individuals bitten by an contaminated mosquito won’t develop any signs. Symptoms corresponding to a sudden onset of headache, excessive fever, chills, and vomiting might be a sign of encephalitis (swelling of the mind). Anyone experiencing signs of encephalitis ought to search medical consideration straight away, the division mentioned.
There is not any commercially obtainable human vaccine for EEE, so one of the simplest ways to guard your self is to maintain mosquitoes from biting you.
To scale back your threat of being bitten, take the next mosquito prevention suggestions:
- Cover your physique as utterly as attainable. Wear footwear and socks, lengthy pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outside for lengthy intervals or when mosquitoes are extra lively at evening, nightfall, or daybreak.
- Use mosquito repellent, that incorporates DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and observe label directions.
- Cover child carriers, cribs, and strollers with mosquito netting when exterior.
- Close doorways and ensure all home windows and doorways have screens, and that the screens don’t have rips, tears or holes.