EEE - Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The Newtown Health District advises residents to use personal protective measures and common sense.

Mosquito and tick bites present potential health problems for anyone spending outdoors.

Helpful resources and Personal precautions are listed below:

PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS:

  • Minimize time spent outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors when mosquitoes are active.  Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.
  • After returning indoors, wash any treated skin with soap and water.
  • Don’t let stagnant water collect around your home.  Dump out old tires, wheelbarrows, and wading pools.  Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES:

The Newtown Bee article, dated Sept 25, 2019

https://www.newtownbee.com/09252019/common-sense-prevention-urged-after-second-state-eee-death/

The State of Connecticut webpage regarding Mosquitoes

https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on EEE

https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/index.html

The State of Connecticut webpage regarding EEE

https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2019/09-2019/Governor-Lamont-Advises-Connecticut-Residents-to-Take-Proper-Precautions-Against-EEE