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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) identified in a Stormont County horse

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Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) identified in a Stormont County horse
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has confirmed that one horse in Stormont County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. Because the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Health Unit is issuing a reminder to everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer.
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Cornwall - Aug. 19, 2011 - One horse in Stormont County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. Because the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Health Unit is issuing a reminder to everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer.

“EEEV is a virus normally found in wild birds that can occasionally spread to horses and humans through mosquitoes. I want to reassure everyone that there has never been a human case of EEEV in Ontario. The Health Unit will continue to check mosquito pools for West Nile virus and EEEV. As a precaution, we will also increase surveillance,” explains Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.

To help protect yourself and your family, please take the following steps:

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and on all exposed skin. (Don’t apply it on the palms of your hands and your fingers, and keep it away from your eyes and mouth. Wash your hands after application).

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.

  • Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.

  • Ensure that all containers in or around the yard such as tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.

  • Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.

    For more information about Eastern equine encephalitis virus, visit www.eohu.ca/_files/eeev.pdf. You can also call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.


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