Case of EEE reported in McBean area

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Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An animal in Augusta has tested positive for EEE.

Richmond County Mosquito Control confirmed the case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis was found in the Mike Padgett Highway and McBean area.

Animals and people alike become infected through mosquito bites, but it is rare that humans contract EEE.

Here are some prevention tips from the Richmond County Mosquito Control:
-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 label directions.
-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 are not being used.

For more information EEE, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here.

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