SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Officials say more Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE) activity has been detected in mosquito pools throughout the City of Suffolk.
The activity was detected in several neighborhoods, including Clay Hill, Chuckatuck, Cove Point, Hosier Road, Kempton Park, Kilby Shores, Nansemond Shores, Olde Mill Creek, Regency Estates, Riverside Estates, Saddlebrook, Suburban Woods, West Jericho and the Woodlands of Nansemond.
Officials say a second horse from the area of Godwin Boulevard, close to the Isle of Wight County border, was confirmed to be EEE positive.
Horses are commonly found with EEE in Suffolk. Officials are urging horse owners to vaccinate their horses for EEE and other insect-transmitted diseases.
Mosquitoes with EEE rarely bite humans, but people should still be aware of virus activity and take necessary actions to protect themselves while outdoors. The disease affects five to 10 humans annually in the U.S.
EEE infection in humans begins with mild flu-like symptoms, which progresses into into disorientation, seizures, coma, encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain), and in the most severe cases, death. Many that survive will suffer mild to severe brain damage, officials say.
No human cases of EEE have ever been reported in Suffolk.
Mosquito Control is picking up efforts in the areas where EEE has been detected, meaning more mosquito surveillance, treatment of standing water and evening sprays for adult mosquitoes.
You can decrease your chances of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses by staying indoors during the times when mosquitoes are out the most — one hour before dusk to one hour before dawn — wear loose, long and light-colored clothing when outdoors and use insect repellents with DEET.
You can also help to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by emptying water-hold containers, disposing of used tires, clearing roof gutters, cleaning wading and swimming pools and removing drain water from tarps.
Free mosquito dunks are available to Suffolk citizens at the following places:
- Mosquito Control Office,
- Media & Community Relations Office in City Hall,
- East Suffolk and Whaleyville Recreation Centers
- Morgan Memorial, Chuckatuck and North Suffolk Libraries and
- Fire Stations 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
Find more information about EEE and West Nile Virus at the links below: