Elitza Theel, Ph.D., Director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, has been making recent news with her contributions on eastern equine encephalitis, also known as EEE, in an NBC News article in August, a New York Post article in September, and a Mayo Clinic News Network post. This disease is spread through a mosquito bite.
"The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports anywhere from 3 to about 15 cases of confirmed eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) every year," says Dr. Elitza Theel. However, that number has risen significantly this year and has been fatal in multiple cases.
While there is currently no vaccine or treatment for EEE, it is important to wear mosquito repellent that contains DEET or another EPA-registered repellent. Don’t forget to reapply.