What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis?
It is a viral disease that causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
How is EEE spread?
The disease is spread via the bite of an infected mosquito.
(Not that you'll need this information, but transmission via contact with the diarrhea or blood of an infected emu is possible.)
Can cats and dogs become infected with EEE?
Yes, but infections are very rare and many dogs and cats recover fully.
Can a human become infected with EEE by having contact with an infected dog or cat?
No. Transmission occurs through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Is there a vaccination for EEE for cats and dogs?
No. There is a vaccination available for some species of large animals.
What could be some signs of a EEE infection in a cat or dog:
Fever, depression, lethargy, lack of appetite, weakness, lack of coordination, circling, seizures, blindness, coma
How can I help protect my cat or dog from EEE?
Keep them inside if possible, during peak mosquito hours.
Speak with your veterinarian about mosquito repellents made SPECIFICALLY for dogs and cats!
Dump any standing water. Remove piles of debris and leaves.
Avoid turning on unnecessary outdoor lights at night.
Make sure screens are free from holes.
DO NOT USE HUMAN MOSQUITO REPELLENT PRODUCTS ON YOUR DOG OR CAT.
Where can I get additional information:
Mass.gov website: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/wnv-and-eee-in-animals