Eastern equine encephalitis notice

Eastern equine encephalitis notice

Concord Community Schools is taking proactive steps to protect against a rare mosquito-borne disease known as Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.

Information related to mosquito borne illness was shared Thursday, September 19, by the Elkhart County Health Department. Health department officials confirmed that outdoor activities taking place in full sun can occur without restrictions at this time.

The Elkhart County Health Department (ECHD) is renewing an earlier warning regarding the threat of mosquito borne illnesses. ECHD has received notice from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that one mosquito sample pool has tested positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and four horses have tested positive for EEE in Elkhart County in addition to several positive pools of West Nile Virus (WNV).”


“The kind of mosquitoes that spread EEE typically breed in bog and hardwood swamp wetlands. Mosquitoes will remain active at temperatures above 60 degrees F and tend to be more active in the evening and pre-dawn hours,” health department officials noted.

Health department officials suggested the following precautions: 

  • avoiding areas where mosquitoes breed,
  • staying indoors when mosquitoes are active,
  • utilizing an EPA registered insect repellent and
  • wearing long sleeved shirts and pants in areas of high mosquito activity.

Tips for reducing the prevalence of mosquito breeding sites:

  • empty containers that are holding water,
  • unclog gutters,
  • keep overgrown vegetation mowed,
  • dispose of old tires and
  • maintain screens in doorways and windows.
  • swimming pools should be maintained clean and operational;
  • ornamental ponds should be aerated to prevent the collection of mosquito larvae.


Concord Community Schools está tomando medidas proactivas para protegerse contra una enfermedad rara transmitida por mosquitos conocida como Encefalitis Equina del Este, o EEE.

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Elkhart compartió el jueves 19 de septiembre información relacionada con enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos. Los funcionarios del departamento de salud confirmaron que las actividades al aire libre que se realizan a pleno sol pueden ocurrir sin restricciones en este momento.

“El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Elkhart (ECHD) está renovando una advertencia anterior sobre la amenaza de enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos. ECHD recibió una notificación del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Indiana (ISDH) de que un grupo de muestras de mosquitos ha dado positivo a la Encefalitis Equina del Este (EEE) y cuatro caballos han dado positivo por EEE en el condado de Elkhart, además de varios grupos positivos de Virus del Nilo Occidental ( WNV) “.

“El tipo de mosquitos que propagan EEE generalmente se reproducen en humedales pantanosos y madera dura. Los mosquitos permanecerán activos a temperaturas superiores a los 60 grados F y tienden a ser más activos por la tarde y antes del amanecer ”, señalaron funcionarios del departamento de salud.

Los funcionarios del departamento de salud sugirieron las siguientes precauciones:

1. Evitar áreas donde se reproducen los mosquitos,
2. Permanecer en el interior cuando los mosquitos están activos,
3. Utilizar un repelente de insectos registrado por la EPA y
4. Usar camisas de manga larga y pantalones en áreas de alta actividad de mosquitos.

Consejos para reducir la prevalencia de criaderos de mosquitos:

1. Vacíe contenedores que contienen agua,
2. Destape los desagúes
3. Mantenga la vegetación cortada,
4. Deshágase de neumáticos (llantas) viejas y
5. Mantenga los protectores de tela metálica en puertas y ventanas.
6. Las piscinas deben mantenerse limpias y operativas;
7. Los estanques ornamentales deben airearse para evitar la recolección de larvas de mosquito.


  • Parents who wish to apply insect repellent to their child(ren) may do so before they arrive at school in the morning. 
  • Jog-A-Thon events at Concord Ox Bow and Concord East Side will continue as planned, away from wooded areas and wet conditions. Grounds and maintenance crews will ensure that the running courses are free from standing water.
  • Visitors to campus for the Concord Marching Band Invitational should be aware that the football field and surrounding area will be fogged with mosquito repellent Friday night at dusk.

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