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Mosquitoes – More Than a Nuisance

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can be carriers of viruses that cause illness. West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”) are viruses that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis. They are spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no specific treatments for either virus, but steps can be taken to protect yourself from illness, including:

  • Using insect repellents
  • Wearing long-sleeved clothing
  • Scheduling outdoor activities to avoid the hours around dawn and dusk
  • Repairing damaged window screens
  • Removing standing water from the areas around your home

Read more on preventing mosquito bites here.