Maine CDC Press Release

October 4, 2005

Update on Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Maine

Contacts:
Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH
Tel:  (207) 287-3270
 
Bob Gholson, DVM, Public Health Veterinarian
Tel: (207) 287-3361
 
Kathleen Gensheimer, MD, MPH
Tel: (207) 287-5183


A second York County horse has died and tested positive this past week for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The horse was from the town of York.

”Given the continuing warm weather above 60 degrees, it is prudent for Maine people especially from York County, other areas of southern Maine, and those bordering New Hampshire to reduce their risks by avoiding mosquitoes, covering up with pants and long sleeves, and wearing a DEET-containing insect repellent,” advised Dr. Mills, Maine Health and Human Services’ Public Health.

Public Health officials also recommend that people reduce their exposure to mosquitoes by avoiding them during their most active biting times of dusk and dawn; by cleaning up unnecessary standing water and rain gutters; and repairing screens.

A total of two horses and a bird have tested positive this last few days for EEE in York County; six birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus in York County the past few weeks, along with a positive bird each from Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties.

Further updates on EEE and West Nile Virus testing will be available at http://www.mainepublichealth.gov.