Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
- Description: Rare but serious disease that is caused by a virus. It can infect humans, horses, birds and other animals.
Signs & Symptoms: Many people do not have obvious symptoms, in people that do develop the illness, symptoms range from mild-flu like illness to inflammation of the brain, coma and death.
Susceptibility: Present in Maine. People are at the highest risk of getting infected with eastern equine encephalitis between the months of May and October.
- Prevalence: Eastern half of the United States. Maine has two reported residents with EEE one in 2014 and 2015. One of the cases was fatal.