The threat of mosquitos has become more than just the annoyance of its buzzing or the irritation left behind after it has bit you. A real concern has come forward with the recent spikes in West Nile outbreaks as well as the more local Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The West Nile epidemic tends to peak along the same time as EEE in mid to late August. However West Nile is much more prominent in the states of Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. Though not as common as West Nile, the growing threat in Massachusetts is EEE. This year alone the virus has killed two locals as well as infecting many others. The onset of the viruses can be identified by a mosquito bite that is accompanied by any of the following symptoms.
- High fever
- Severe Headaches
The best prevention is long sleeves/ pants and bug spray as well as avoiding places with standing water (Where they like to breed) at times around dusk and dawn when they are the most active.