Two sentinel chickens in Carteret County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The virus is spread between animals and humans by mosquitoes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the virus is fatal for about half of the people who get it. It's 100 percent fatal for horses that are infected.
However, Alice Anderson, a professor of Environmental Health at East Carolina University, says the threat of mosquito borne illnesses will soon diminish because of cooler weather.