EEE Detected in Lowndes County

EEE Detected in Lowndes County

Mosquito Bite Prevention Key to Avoiding Illness

VALDOSTA – A mosquito pool in Lowndes County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind all South Georgians to prioritize mosquito bite prevention this summer as it is the best way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses.

Mosquito-borne illnesses in an area are often detected by testing mosquito pools. Additionally, these illnesses can be identified through animal testing, usually performed by a veterinarian when an animal shows symptoms of the disease.

Most mosquito-borne illnesses are transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Tips to prevent mosquito bites are:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picardin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin and/or clothing.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits.
  • Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flowerpots, buckets, barrels, wading pools and other containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
  • Be sure to use repellent and wear protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider indoor activities during these times due to peak mosquito biting hours.

“While it’s common to see mosquito-borne illnesses in our communities during the summer, we must remain cautious of the risks,” said Chris Calhoun, District Environmental Health Director. “The best defenses against these illnesses are to avoid going outside during peak mosquito activity and to take precautions when you are outdoors.”

Although there is no vaccine for humans to prevent EEE and West Nile Virus, there are vaccines available for horses. Consult with your veterinarian to have your horse(s) vaccinated as early as possible.

For more information on mosquito borne illnesses visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at