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Second case of Encephalitis confirmed in Brooks County

The Georgia Dept. of Agriculture has confirmed the second case of Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse in Brooks County.

This is the fourth case of EEE found in an animal in the South Health District in 2013, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Officials suggest protecting yourself from mosquito bites using the "five D's" of prevention:

  • Dusk/Dawn: Mosquitoes usually bite at dusk and dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those hours.
  • Dress: Wear light, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
  • DEET: Cover exposed skin and clothes with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET. It is the most effective repellant against mosquito bites.
  • Drain: Empty any containers (buckets, barrels, kiddie pools) holding standing water to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
  • Doors: Make sure doors, windows and screens are in good condition and fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

Horses should be vaccinated against EEE annually at a veterinarian's office.

For more information on EEE or any other mosquito-borne disease visit www.cdc.gov or call the South Health District at 333-5290.

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