Saturday, July 30, 2011

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

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Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20110730-31786-USA

Date / time: 30/07/2011 03:58:50 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of New Hampshire

Location: [New Hanover County]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in New Hanover County, and county health officials are reminding residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. That includes using effective insect repellent, installing screens on doors and windows, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and limiting exposure during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes can be most active. Although cases of EEE occurring in humans are rare, it can be a potentially fatal illness – and is almost always in horses. "There is no cure and no vaccine for people available right now, so people need to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites," stated county Health Director David Rice. EEE was detected in a flock of chickens used by officials to detect the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases into the county.

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