Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare disease that is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. In the United States, approximately 5-10 EEE cases are reported annually.
EEE is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, not person to person.
Mosquitoes carrying disease can be found across New York State. Madison County, along with Onondaga, Oneida, and Oswego Counties are considered high risk areas for EEE in Central New York.
There is no vaccine or preventive drug.
Reducing exposure to mosquitoes is the best defense against infection with EEEV virus and other mosquito-borne viruses. There are several approaches you and your family can use to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases.