A sample of mosquitoes from Washington Township, New Jersey has been tested positive for West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), according to local authorities. It is the first sample that has tested positive for EEE in Warren County.
Basically, these mosquitoes may kill you.
EEE is a virus that causes encephalitis and, although rare, can be fatal.
It was not until the beginning of this month that a Massachusetts woman died after becoming infected with electrical and electronic equipment. The West Nile virus also causes brain inflammation and is usually more common than electrical and electronic equipment, although electrical and electronic equipment has a higher mortality rate.
New Jersey officials were preparing for increased levels of West Nile virus earlier this year, with the first case of the infection reported on July 2, the earliest ever reported in the state. Last year, 61
people in New Jersey were reportedly infected with West Nile.
But EEE has also shown its presence. The Washington Township Police Department said in a Facebook post that this was a very active year for EEE in New Jersey, which recorded a case of people this year.
By comparison, between 2009 and 2018, the state had only one reported case in 9 years earlier.
About one-third of people infected with electrical and electronic equipment die and, according to the CDC, there is currently no specific treatment for the virus. There is also no special treatment for the West Nile virus.
In the meantime, local police are encouraging residents to carry repellent. The Warren County Mosquito Control Commission also plans to spray adult mosquitoes in the area where they collected the sample.
But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and the best way to prevent infection EEE and West Nile should not be bitten at all, says the CDC.
In other words, stay inside, people.