Health authorities have warned residents os numerous states including North Carolina to protect themselves against bites from mosquitoes that can transmit a rare virus. The disease, called Eastern equine encephalitis, has had cases in North Carolina.

The virus is found in the northeast and short-named (EEE) giving people flu-like symptoms when they become infected. In some cases, encephalitis has occurred causing deaths. Seven states have reported cases of EEE so far this year.

Ways to keep save include remove standing water, use repellent and to seal your windows and doors. You can see more on how to protect yourself by clicking here.

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