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.
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.
In 2019, several mosquito samples have tested positive for EEE and the first human case in a county resident has been confirmed among a total of three in New Jersey.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been reported in 65 mosquito samples in 13 New Jersey counties.
County residents can protect themselves from EEE and other mosquito borne diseases like West Nile Virus by following these standard precautions: