EEE detected in mosquitoes for the first time in 2014

YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the first time this year, Triple E has been found in mosquitoes in Maine.

Triple E is a virus that's transmitted to humans and animals through mosquitoes. The Maine Center for Disease Control released a report late Friday afternoon stating that one mosquito pool in York tested positive for the virus. Last year, the York school system decided to move games to the afternoons after EEE was found in three pools of mosquitoes there. The football coach says he is ready for that change if it comes.

"Obviously the safety of the kids or the well-being of anybody is our first concern" Coach Randy Small told NEWS CENTER.

A human case of Triple E has never been detected in a Maine resident, but there is a person from New Hampshire with EEE being treated at Maine Medical Center.

"It's a knocking on our doorstep, a human case, and with positive pools of mosquitoes that just means that EEE is in the mosquitoes in that area" said Jim Dill, Pest Management Specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The Maine CDC has a few recommendations to protect yourself from mosquitoes:
- Use an EPA approved repellent when outdoors, especially around dawn and dusk. Always
follow the instructions on the product's label.
- Wear protective clothing when outdoors, including long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks.
- Use screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when many species of mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain sources of standing water.


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