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Mosquitoes carrying a virus that can cause brain inflammation, a death discovered in New Jersey




  An entomologist tested mosquitoes on June 9, 2005 in Northampton, New Hampshire. (Credit: Darren McColester / Getty Images)

An entomologist tested mosquitoes on June 9, 2005 in Northampton, New Hampshire. (Credit: Darren McCollester / Getty Images)

If you need a reason to stay inside for the rest of the summer, here's the killer mosquitoes.

A mosquito sample from Washington, New Jersey tested positive for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), according to local officials. This is the first sample ever tested positive for EEE in Warren County.

In general, these mosquitoes can potentially kill you.

EEE is a virus that causes brain inflammation and, although rare, can be fatal.

Just earlier this month, a Massachusetts woman died after being infected with EEE. West Nile virus also causes brain inflammation and is generally more prevalent than EEE, although EEE has a higher mortality rate.

New Jersey officials are already preparing to increase West Nile virus this year, with the first infection reported on July 2, the earliest ever reported in the state. Last year, a record 61 people in New Jersey were infected by West Nile.

But the EEE also made its presence felt. The Washington Police Department said in a Facebook post that it was a very active year for EEE in New Jersey, with one case registered this year.

In comparison, the state has only one reported case for 9 years before between 2009 and 2018.

Approximately one third of EEE infected people die and there is currently no specific treatment for the virus, according to the CDC. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus either.

Meanwhile, local police are encouraging residents to wear repellent. The Warren County Mosquito Control Commission also plans to spray adult mosquitoes in the area where the sample was taken.

But as they say, an ounce of prevention costs a pound a cure, and the best way to prevent EEE and West Nile infections is not to bite in the first place, says the CDC.

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