Indianapolis—Responding to reports that Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been identified in mosquitoes in Elkhart County, state veterinary officials are warning residents in Indiana’s most northern counties to take extra safety measures.
"Eastern equine encephalitis is potentially a very serious disease that can cause lifetime neurological disabilities. The only encephalitis of greater severity to humans than EEE is rabies," says Dr. Jennifer House, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Indiana State Department of Health. "The combined threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus in northern counties of the state makes it vital for residents in those areas to take steps to prevent mosquito bites," Dr. House says in a prepared statement.
Below are recommendations state health officials prepared for the public: