What is EEE?
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious virus transmitted
to other birds, humans, horses and other animals by mosquitoes.
Atlantic County works closely with Rutgers University and the New Jersey
State Mosquito Commission to monitor for EEE in mosquitoes.
Has EEE Been Found in Atlantic County?
2004, there were two isolations of EEE in mosquitoes in Atlantic County,
but no cases in humans or horses.
For decades, levels of EEE have been low throughout the county, thanks
to the comprehensive efforts of the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito
Control ». County officials aggressively work to reduce the mosquito population
and test for mosquito-borne diseases.
County residents can protect themselves from EEE and other mosquito borne
diseases like West Nile Virus by following these standard precautions:
- Avoid mosquito bites by using an insect repellent whenever you go
outdoors. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only repellents
containing DEET offer long-lasting protection after a single application.
Be sure to follow product directions carefully and use repellent containing
less than 10 percent DEET on children.
- Rid your property of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing
water. Buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers can hold
water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty
these containers regularly.
- For more information, call the Atlantic County Division of Public
Health at (609) 645-5971 or the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control
at (609) 645-5948.