Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a mosquito borne viral disease. It causes disease in humans, horses, and some birds. Mosquitoes bite infected birds then pass the disease to humans. It is considered the most serious mosquito borne disease in the United States because of its high death rate.
Signs & Symptoms: begin 3-10 days after being bitten and become more severe over 1-2 weeks.
There is no treatment for this disease. Patients either recover or they will die from the disease. Approximately 1out of every three people infected with Easter Equine Encephalitis (EEE) die. People under the age of 15 and over the age of 50 are at greatest risk. Approximately half of survivors have mild to permanent brain damage.