At Least 2 NY State Horses Confirmed Dead from EEE Virus! Are You At Risk?
Don't we have enough to worry about? COVID, Money Pox, Polio and now we have to worry about a mosquito bite and the return of the EEE Virus. Why should that concern us? According to the New York State Department of Health, this virus could cause swelling of the brain and possibly death.
WWNY 7News is confirming that one Jefferson County horse has died from the EEE Virus and another is showing similar symptoms. Syracuse.com has confirmed that an Oswego County horse has died of the same EEE Virus. Are you and I next? If you are over 50 or under 15 you at greatest risk of infection.
Eastern equine encephalitis is a virus is typically spread by mosquitos. Once bitten by an infected mosquito you could develop, among other things, headache, high fever, muscle weakness, swelling of the brain and spinal cord. These symptoms are indications of severe cases.
Here in New York State we are at highest risk of infection from now until October. If you are bitten by an infected mosquito you might not even realize it for up to 2 weeks. What are the chances that you would be infected with EEE?
Although EEE Virus is very serious, it is also fairly rare with humans. The New York State Department of Health reports that, in the last 50 years, 5 human cases have been reported in New York State and all 5 died. There is no specific treatment for EEE.
The best way to protect yourself is to keep mosquitoes from biting you.