A deadly mosquito-borne virus has been found in Florida. Health officers are warning in regards to the up-tick and urging individuals to guard themselves. Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a really uncommon — and really deadly — sickness. Testing reveals the virus is present in the Bay Area, and all it takes is a bite from a contaminated mosquito to turn out to be sick.”Fortunately, most people will not be affected; they will not get the disease,” defined FOX 13’s, Dr. Joette Giovinco. “However the small proportion that does, they’ll have a really severe infection. It could possibly cause brain swelling.”
This year, the virus has been confirmed in 25 horses, one emu, one eagle, and 77 chickens, in 27 counties across the state, including animals in Polk, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties.
In Central Florida, the Department of Health Orange County has issued a warning after EEE was detected in several sentinel chickens.
“EEE is one thing to be concerned about,” stated Kent Donahue with DOH – Orange. “The sentinel chickens are kept out throughout the counties to warn us basically of those totally different viruses.”
Sentinel chickens do not get sick from the illness. However, they’ll carry it and are examined repeatedly to give specialists a heads-up if the virus present. Sentinel chickens are stored in a number of Bay Area counties. However, none have been reported to have the disease.
Based on the Centers for Disease Control, only about seven cases of EEE in people are reported throughout the nation every year.