BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) – Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, has been identified in mosquitoes collected in Brunswick County.
Local media outlets report Monday that two pools of mosquitoes in the county collected on Oct. 26 tested positive for EEE.
The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health identified EEE in mosquitoes not known to bite humans, but that are responsible for spreading the diseases in the wild bird population.
Officials say county mosquito control officials are taking precautions to stop the spread of EEE by spraying.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, EEE is a rare illness in humans that causes inflammation in the brain. Only a few cases are reported each year.
Officials recommend hunters and other outdoorsmen minimize their exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities especially during dusk and dawn.