The Marion County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Marion County.
“Marion County has experienced its first positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis,” said Dr. Nathan Grossman, director of the Marion County Health Department. “While the community does not need to be alarmed, citizens should take extra precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
This case of EEE was diagnosed in a horse residing in the Summerfield area.
While there is no vaccine to protect humans from EEE, the disease can be prevented in horses with the use of vaccinations. The health department advises the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts. These efforts should include the “5 D’s” for prevention:
· Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood. For many species, this is during the dusk and dawn hours.
· Dress – Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
· DEET – When the potential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) are recommended. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent options.
· Drainage – Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
For more information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis or the mosquito-borne illness advisory, contact the Marion County Health Department at 352-629-0137.