Mosquitoes seemingly have nothing better to do than bum off of animals for blood to survive. Fortunately, they aren’t as agile in the air as common house flies, giving the average person a fair chance to neutralize them before they utilize you as a host. However, no matter how hard you try, you won’t eradicate them, and you’re still almost certain to act as a meal to at least one mosquito that slips past you.
Although we don’t really have problems with diseases like dengue fever in the developed Western world thanks to having widespread access to top-notch healthcare and general infrastructure, mosquitos are thought to have directly contributed to the death of as many as one-half of all human beings who have ever lived.
There’s no arguing that mosquitos can transmit some of the most serious diseases that humans can be plagued with. One of these diseases is encephalitis, or the inflammation of brain tissue.
Mosquitos are known to carry and transmit eastern equine encephalitis, although – fortunately – it’s rare that the disease is ever transmitted to humans. There isn’t a known cure for eastern equine encephalitis, though some measures have been shown to help, such as anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, antipyretics, and any drugs that can directly treat the not-so-fun symptoms of EEE, as the disease is more simply known.
According to a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, state physicians have confirmed that a man residing in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, which is located on the bottom half of the state’s border with the Atlantic Ocean and is home to nearly 500,000 people, is infected with eastern equine encephalitis.
This marks the first time that anybody in the state of Massachusetts has been confirmed as suffering from EEE since 2013.
In efforts to keep cases of eastern equine encephalitis throughout Massachusetts to a minimum, state officials issued a critical risk level alert to nine towns throughout southeastern Massachusetts earlier today, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019: Bristol County’s Freetown, New Bedford, and Acushnet; and Plymouth County’s Lakeville, Carver, Marion, Wareham, Rochester, and Middleborough.
State officials have not identified which of these communities – if any of them – the 60-year-old man who has been confirmed sick with the disease lives in.
Arguably the best way to prevent potential exposure to EEE is to get inside well before dark and wear mosquito repellant. A few local governments in the area have put a halt to area activities after five or six in the evening as a means of keeping people away from mosquitos.