Curt Felix WBZ News Interview On EEE Outbreak In Barnstable County

Watch the interview with Curt Felix on WBZ News regarding recent outbreak of EEE (eastern equine encephalitis) in Barnstable.

The live feed of the interview on August 7, 5-6 PM can be viewed here: https://boston.cbslocal.com/live/

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), EEE is a rare disease that is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. EEE virus (EEEV) is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). In the United States, approximately 5-10 EEE cases are reported annually. Most occur in eastern or Gulf Coast states. Approximately 30% of people with EEE die and many survivors have ongoing neurologic problems.

EEEV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Disease transmission does not occur directly from person to person.

Here are some suggestions from the CDC on the best way to reduce the chance to getting infected with EEE.

  • Prevent mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or preventive drug.

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin and/or clothing. The repellent/insecticide permethrin can be used on clothing to protect through several washes. Always follow the directions on the package.

  • Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits.

  • Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, barrels, and other containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used. (Source: CDC)

WBZ News will interview Curt to learn more about mosquito prevention as a way to stop more people from getting infected by EEE.