Safety Focus of the Week: Mosquito Borne Diseases
Just this week, a horse was found to be infected with the deadly Eastern Equine Encepalitis (EEE) in Highgate. This is somewhat disturbing since we have several projects in the area and since EEE is so deadly when contracted by humans. Fortunately, EEE is relatively rare with only a few humans being infected each year, which occurs by a mosquito bite. Regardless of how rare, it is far from comforting that horses are infected in our area.
There are obvious precautions to follow:
- Apply insect reppelant,
- Wear protective clothing (long-pants, long sleeves – when practical)
- Avoid areas at dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active
For more information on EEE, check out the CDC website:
Another common mosquito-borne disease is West Nile Virus, which is more common in humans but much less deadly. For more information on West Nile, check out the CDC website: