Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is one of the most deadly mosquito-borne viruses in existence. The virus is mostly concentrated in Atlantic and Gulf Cost states, with Massachusetts being the epicenter of most of the confirmed cases.

Signs of EEE in Humans

In the 1930’s the first human cases of EEE were confirmed. The virus, although rarely found in humans, has a mortality rate of nearly 33%, but most people show no signs of illness and the virus clears up on it’s own.

In severe cases, EEE causes headaches, high fever, chills and vomiting. Later stage symptoms include disorientation, seizures and eventual coma. Those who do survive these more intense cases may end up with permanent brain damage. Unfortunately, there is no cure for EEE, so it’s best to take preventative measures against mosquitoes.

How to Prevent EEE

Because there is no cure for this virus, it’s up to individuals to be cautious during mosquito season. Rhode Island’s close proximity to Massachusetts puts residents at risk for this disease, therefore it’s encouraged that families use mosquito repellents when heading outdoors. Reducing the amount of places mosquitoes can thrive in your yard is a great way to reduce the population.

Another effective preventative measure is contacting a professional mosquito control company. Our Rhode Island mosquito control program is geared towards targeting the life cycle of mosquitoes. The natural-based yet effective product targets mosquitoes at all stages of their life cycle and prevents future generations from developing.

Although EEE has not yet been found in Rhode Island mosquitoes, it’s still important to choose a perimeter spray program, even if it’s just to make your yard more enjoyable during the summer months. Contact us today to choose a spray program that best works for you.