Maine CDC has just announced (August, 2013) that the virus causing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected from mosquitoes trapped near Alfred, Maine, which is south of Portland. Mosquito-trapping is a monitoring method to see whether mosquitoes are carrying viruses that can cause disease (such as EEE or West Nile encephalitis; WNV) in people and animals, if bitten by infected mosquitoes. It’s not unexpected to see EEE in mosquitoes this time of year, but it’s a good indication for using even better protection against mosquito bites. As well, be sure to check your horses’ vaccination status; horses are very sensitive to EEE and WNV, but these diseases are easily prevented with a good vaccination schedule. Check with your vet to be sure your horses’ vaccines are current.
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It’s been a difficult year for much of the country in regards to mosquito-borne disease, but Maine seems to have done relatively well, according to the most recent CDC update. Most mosquito activity is over for the year. The Maine 2012 season passed with no human cases, and relatively little animal disease due to EEE and WNV — probably thanks to many factors, including vaccination of horses and mosquito control for humans, pets, and livestock. Planning for mosquito control for next year is a good idea, and keeping equine vaccinations current is a big part of lessening the impact of EEE and WNV in Maine.
For more information, see “2012 US Arboviral Activity Update” (listed under Weekly reports) at westnile.ca.gov.
As the fall weather approaches, most of us are spending as much time as possible outdoors. It’s important to continue your vigilance against mosquito bites, however, as EEE virus is present in the New England region at this time of year. If you are out at dawn or dusk, wear insect repellant and/or long sleeves and pants. Keep screens on your windows. Protect pets and horses from mosquitoes, as well, using either repellants or masks. Of course, your horses and mules should be boostered within the last 6 months for EEE; check with your vet to be sure vaccinations are up to date.
WCVB.com recently reported that three central Massachusetts communities have suspended evening sports activities and will close playgrounds from dusk until dawn after an Athol girl was diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis. Read more>>
For updated information from the EPA about mosquito control, please visit Mosquito Control by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.