A little bite can cause HUGE Health Problems, here is how you can protect yourself

Eastern equine encephalitis which is now refereed to as 'EEE' is causing concern for not only animals, but people. Recently there have many reports about the illness.

Dave Benson recently reported that...

Due to two confirmed cases of EEE Kalamazoo Public Schools to send a letter to all the parents in the school district.The letter outlines what can be done to prevent humans from being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the disease

Brandon James from Townsquare Media reported sad news from Binder Park Zoo...

Officials at Binder Park Zoo have confirmed that the death of one of their Mexican gray wolf pups was the result of the mosquito-borne disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A second potentially deadly case of one of their animals is still being investigated

County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Christensen talked with Mlive about concert goers in Richland, for the Luke Bryan concert this week and what they should be concerned about and what to do...

The promoters of the event are responsible for spraying the field ahead of the show in response to the uptick in human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, known as triple EEE.. Given that the concert is taking place in a field, fans are encouraged to wear bug spray.

So with all these warnings, how can you protect yourself from a bite that can cause seriously health issues? Well, One Medical has an informative list on how to protect yourself from a mosquito bite that could cause the EEE virus...

7 Ways To Protect You And Your Family From Mosquito Bites

  1. Dump out any standing water near your homeMosquitos can breed in just 14 days in a minute amount of water in an old flower pot, a rain gutter or bird bath. 
  2. Keep mosquitoes outside - Use screens on the windows or air conditioning to keep mosquitos from slipping in a window. Or if you don’t have screens, consider getting a fine mosquito net to hang over your bed or crib. 
  3. Use mosquito repellent - The most effective chemical repellents contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 insecticide, which are all considered safe when used as directed.
  4. Wear light-colored clothing, especially outdoors - Apparently, deep colors — like black, deep blue and red — stand out so they attract bugs. Thicker fabrics and looser fits offer more protection that thin clothing that fits tightly.
  5. Stay indoors during dusk and dawn - While mosquitoes can bite at any time of day, it’s wise to limit your exposure during their prime feeding times.
  6. Make yourself less appealing - Drinking a 12-ounce beer makes some people more appealing, so does emitting more C02 or having more bacteria on your skin — which leads to more body odor.
  7. Try a natural repellent - Oil of lemon eucalyptus comes from a particular eucalyptus tree (corymbia citriodora or eucalyptus citriodora) from Australia. The synthetic version, which is endorsed by the CDC as a repellent, is available under brand names including Repel, Bug Shield and Cutter.

Heed the great advice, and stay safe.

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