Mosquito-borne EEE claims three lives nationally

(WEEK) – Public health officials are warning people to be careful after three people have died from a rare mosquito-borne virus.

It’s called Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

The virus inflicts flu-like symptoms and has a 30 percent fatality rate.

It’s been detected in animals and insects in Indiana with the fatal human cases occurring in Michigan.

While it’s not believed to be here in Illinois, health experts suggest taking precautions.

“You would just protect yourself the same way you would for the West Nile Virus,” said Renee Spradlin, Environmental Health Coordinator at the Peoria City/County Health Department. “Eliminate mosquito breeding sites.”

That means getting rid of any standing water on your property, including cleaning out your gutters.

You’re also urged to use insect repellant and wear long sleeves and pants while outside.

Jason Howell

Jason Howell

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