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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) – A Mosquito-Borne Virus: As Autumn Arrives We Need To Remain Vigilant

Graphic shows, by state, reported cases of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) from 2009 through 2018 (credit: ArboNET, Arboviral Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We were founded in 2007, in Wayland, MA, where remains our corporate headquarters.  In 2013 we launched our franchise enterprise.

The ohDEER corporate and franchisee network of business provides service across a region that encompasses all of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; Eastern Long Island in New York State; and Central New Jersey.

Our constant foe … the mosquito … has proved to be particularly harmful and hazardous in these parts this past summer.

Far more widespread in the northeastern United States than in previous years … maybe more widespread than ever before in the area … have been mosquitoes carrying eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus – commonly called “triple E” virus – a serious and sometimes fatal disease.

For perspective on the prevalence this year of EEE, it is helpful to know that the incidence of humans contracting EEE is rare.  Typically, on the average, only seven cases annually are reported across the U.S., with most in Massachusetts, Florida, New York, and North Carolina.

Now consider this excerpt from a story, “What to know about EEE, a mosquito-borne virus on the rise,”  published today at the health, science, and medicine news media outlet STAT:

“Six states have reported 20 cases of EEE so far this year, with Massachusetts — a historic hot spot for the virus — recording nine cases and Michigan reporting seven. Other states that have seen cases in 2019 are New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

“Six of the infected people have died to date.”

Please click here to be taken to the complete STAT story, which is written by Helen Branswell.

Why is there such a large presence of EEE this year?

Two primary factors appear to be the cause – a new strain of the EEE virus that has made from Florida to the region, and that the weather has been wetter than recent years.

It is important to note that we could still have mosquito activity in the northeast for up to a month or more.

That’s right.  Not even the first frost is going to put an end to the mosquito threat and problem for 2019.

What we need is a “freeze” – as explained in this excerpt from a NBC 10 TV (Providence) story,  “The formation of frost and how it affects EEE,”, by NBC 10 digital weather producer and meteorologist Anthony Macari that was published earlier this month:

“Will a frost eradicate mosquitoes and EEE? Not likely.

“While mosquitoes will succumb to a frost, some will survive, unless frost develops on subsequent nights.

“What we really need is freeze, when the air temperature drops to 32 degrees or below (and where the surface temperature, below where a thermometer reads, could be in the 20s).”

We still need to be on guard … and vigilant.

And please remember that ohDEER is here to treat your property with all-natural solutions that help keep your property free from mosquitoes – and, also, deer and ticks.