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Ritchie Fight the Bite Card

Ritchie Fight the Bite Card

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STOP EEE

Eastern Equine Encephalitis
What is EEE? EEE is a rare but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes that can affect people and horses, and sometimes other livestock and dogs. How common is EEE in people? Up to 10 cases occur in the US annually; five in NYS since 1971—all of them fatal. The risk is highest from late July through September, when mosquitoes are most active. Who is at risk of becoming infected with EEE? Everyone, but people over 50 and younger than 15 are at greatest risk. What are the symptoms? Most people will not develop any symptoms. Severe cases begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. One-third of patients who develop EEE die, and many who survive have mild to severe brain damage. Is there an EEE vaccine? There is no human vaccine for EEE.(There is a vaccine for horses only.) The best way to protect yourself is to keep mosquitoes from biting you. Senator Patty Ritchie www.ritchie.nysenate.gov

Senator Patty Ritchie

FIGHT THE BITE!

PREVENT MOSQUITO BITES. THERE IS NO VACCINE FOR EEE.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from EEE is to prevent mosquitoes from biting you. Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin and/or clothing. Always follow label directions. Wear long sleeves and pants. Put screens on windows and doors, and repairs tears and holes. Empty standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in bird baths regularly. SPECIAL ADVICE FOR FARMERS: Clean and drain troughs and stock tanks. Eliminate places where mosquitoes breed. And ask your veterinarian about vaccinating your horses.

www.ritchie.nysenate.gov
(315) 342-2057

SOURCE: NYS Dept. of Health

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