PITSSFIELD, Mass. – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is present in mosquitoes in Pittsfield.
EEE is a rare illness in humans, which is only transmitted by infected mosquitos, according to the CDC. The virus causes an inflammation to the brain and symptoms include a sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. In severe cases it can progress into disorientation, seizures, or coma.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project are reminding people to stay protected until mosquito season ends.
To avoid mosquito bites, be aware that peak mosquito activity happens in the hours between dusk and dawn, wear a long sleeved shirt with pants and shoes with socks when outdoors, use an effective mosquito repellent and follow instructions, and mosquito proof your home by making sure screens are in place and in good condition.