A dangerous, mosquito-borne virus has been detected in Florida. Health officers are warning in regards to the up-tick and urging individuals to protect themselves.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a really rare — and really deadly — illness. Testing shows the virus is present within the Bay Area, and all it takes is a bite from an infected mosquito to become sick.
“Thankfully, most humans will not be affected; they will not get the disease,” defined Dr. Joette Giovinco. “However the small proportion that does, they’ll have a very critical infection. It might probably cause brain swelling.”
This year, the virus was detected in 25 horses, one emu, one eagle, and 77 chickens, in 27 counties throughout the sunshine state, together with animals in Polk, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties.
In Central Florida, the Department of Health Orange County (DOH – Orange) has issued a warning after EEE was detected in a number of sentinel chickens.
“EEE is something to be concerned about,” stated Kent Donahue with DOH – Orange. “The sentinel chickens are positioned out throughout the counties to warn us basically of these different viruses.”
Sentinel chickens do not get sick from the illness. However, they’ll carry it and are tested often to give experts a heads-up if the virus present. Sentinel chickens are saved in several Bay Area counties. However, none have been reported to have the illness.
In response to the Centers for Disease Control, only about seven cases of EEE in people are reported throughout the country each year. Nonetheless, from 2009 to 2018, Florida had the highest number of infections.