Survivalists understand the threat of a lethal pandemic.
A disease that spreads is one of the greatest dangers to society.
And one deadly virus could pose a serious threat to the country.
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes and people need to take notice.
Although it’s rare—fewer than 10 cases are reported each year—EEE is beginning to spread.
Most cases occur in the warm and humid climates of the Gulf Coast states.
Florida is the most common location for EEE incidents, but now there have been reported cases in the Great Lakes region and other northern states.
Thus far, EEE has been discovered in 21 states, as far south as Florida, as far north as Maine, and as far west as Montana.
The reason for concern is how lethal EEE is proving to be.
One in three cases are fatal, and those who survive are at high risk for brain damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 35 cases have been reported as of October, and 13 have resulted in death.
After being bitten by an EEE-carrying mosquito, an infected patient can expect to get sick within four to 10 days.
Symptoms can range from mild (headaches, fever, vomiting) to severe (disorientation, seizures, coma).
Patients who are treated early have the best chance of survival, so mosquito bite victims who experience any of these symptoms should get checked out immediately.
According to statistics, patients over 50 and under 15 are at the highest risk of contracting EEE and experiencing the most severe symptoms.
At the moment, there is no cure for EEE, as it is resistant to antibiotic and antiviral drug treatment.
However, supportive care, such as IV fluids, and other hospital care can give patients a better chance of not experiencing the more damaging effects.
Maintaining overall good health and fighting secondary infections are the best pest prevention methods to date.
Avoiding mosquito bites altogether is optimal, but isn’t always a possibility.
Proper sanitation and pest-repellent remedies are necessary steps to take in order to limit exposure to mosquitoes, particularly in the Gulf Coast region.
Some common repellents include peppermint, lemon, basil, thyme, lavender, and eucalyptus.
If your doors and windows are open, have good screens that can keep pesky bugs out.
And if you’re near a heavy mosquito concentration, try to avoid wearing shorts, short-sleeved shirts, and open-toed shoes.
EEE is a glaring example of why mosquito control is important, especially in a SHTF scenario where all kinds of diseases run amok.
Nothing is more important than your health, so have the proper safeguards in place to protect yourself from devastating illnesses.
Mosquitoes are easy to overlook and living in a first-world country can make people forget just how deadly they can truly be.