The good news: it’s rare. The bad news: there’s no vaccine, no cure, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can be fatal. People catch it from mosquitoes – and with the recent rains, mosquitoes are plentiful. WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that authorities in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties are urging residents to take simple steps to protect themselves.
Mosquitoes pass encephalitis to humans – usually after biting an infected wild bird – which make great hosts for the disease.