Precautions urged after EEE found in Brunswick County

09.27.2017

The State Laboratory of Public Health identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a pool of mosquitoes collected in central Brunswick County on Sept. 19, 2017.

The type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating EEE in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species Culiseta melanura to identify EEE activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.

Brunswick County Mosquito Control is actively spraying for adult mosquitoes in the county and will continue to do so until mosquito populations are reduced, but individuals should still take steps to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities, especially during dusk and dawn. Mosquito populations tend to be more active in wooded areas this time of year, limiting adult control options.

David Stanley, the county’s Health and Human Services executive director, urged residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant.

If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.

If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.

For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control activities in your area, please contact Brunswick County Mosquito Control Division at 910-253-2515 or visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/mosquitoes/request/ to submit a mosquito control service request online.