Amid rising concerns over the EEE (eastern equine encephalitis) virus, RADIO.COM brought in an infectious diseases expert to explain how to best to protect yourself. Dr. Robert Glatter from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City said the virus is a rare, life-threatening virus that can cause permanent brain damage. It is a dangerous mosquito-born illness that has caused deaths across the United States. Glatter said the best way to prevent infection from EEE is to prevent mosquito bites.
Here are some ways to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
Use Bug Spray
The key is to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. While heading out the door, Dr. Glatter said it’s always important to put on bug spray. EPA-registered insect repellents are considered safe and effective - even if a woman is pregnant. Bug sprays that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, etc. are all important.
Wear Specific Clothing
It is essential to wear long sleeves, long pants, and shoes with socks. It doesn't matter what type of weather; long clothing helps prevents bug bites. When putting on clothes, Dr. Glatter said it is also critical to apply bug spray on top of your clothing.
Buy Netting, It Helps!
If you plan to be outdoors when mosquitoes are present, make sure you are covered. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to keep their skin protected. While wearing long clothing, you can also buy a net for your head. Experts said you could also cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
Stay Indoors at Dusk and After Dark
Mosquitoes are most active and likely to feed when it’s dusk and after dark. Dr. Glatter said most species of mosquito in the United States are the most active during the dusk hours.
Make Sure to Inspect Your Home
Inspecting your home helps keep mosquitoes from coming indoors. Make sure there are no holes in the window or door screens. This is to prevent those pests from staying away. Repair any screens that are damaged.
Empty Standing Water
The CDC reports that mosquitoes breed around empty standing water. Homeowners should look for water in buckets, unused pools and even birdbaths.