Deadly mosquito-borne virus that kills people by swelling their brains is found in Florida
- Health authorities warn of an increased risk of mosquito-borne EEE
- & # 39; Different sentinel chickens & # 39; tested positive for the disease, the DOH-Orange said
- People are advised to cover the skin with clothing or to wear it repellent
- Although infection is rare, it appears to be fatal in 30 percent of cases
Health authorities issued a warning after a mosquito-borne virus causing brain swelling was discovered in Florida.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) said that the risk of people getting the potentially fatal disease has increased.
The warning comes after & # 39; different sentry chickens in the same herd & # 39; tested positive for the disease, known as Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE), the department said in a statement Thursday.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) said it has increased the risk of people getting the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease (stock image)
The rare infection causes brain swelling in humans and can be fatal. Symptoms may include chills, fever, headache, vomiting, malaise, muscle aches and joint pain, and may lead to disorientation, seizures, or coma.
DOH-Orange now advises both residents and visitors not to get bitten by mosquitoes and to take certain preventive measures to limit exposure.
People are advised to cover the skin with clothing or to wear it repellent.
DOH-Orange tells people to empty & cover standing water & # 39 ;, like water that collects in garbage cans, house gutters, buckets and swimming pool covers.
Mosquitoes are most active between sunset and sunrise, and sleeping with doors and windows closed can help protect against mosquito bites (stock image)
Those with swimming pools are advised to keep them in good condition and to keep them properly chlorinated.
Mosquitoes are most active between sunset and sunrise, and sleeping with doors and windows closed can help protect against mosquito bites.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease is relatively rare & # 39; from humans, with an average of seven EEEV infections reported annually in the US.
However, the infection can be fatal and is fatal to 30 percent of those who contract it.
Most cases of EEA have been reported in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina.
EEEV transmission is most common in and around freshwater marshes in the Atlantic and Gulf coast states and the Great Lakes region.
The Orange County health department said: & # 39; The ministry continues to oversee state-borne mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern horse encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue fever. & # 39;
Most cases of EEA have been reported from Florida, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina (stock image)
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