Eastern Equine Encephalitis Detected

July 29, 2019

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Detected

2019-07-29

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about seven cases of the EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) virus are reported in humans each year. According to them the disease spreads to humans through infected mosquitoes and can cause brain infection and swelling.

Recently several sentinel chickens have tested positive in Florida for EEE. These are chickens tested regularly for West Nile Virus and EEE because their blood can show the virus but they don't suffer the effects of these diseases.

Unfortunately the CDC says that in humans about 30% who contract EEE will die. Four to ten days after being bitten by an infected mosquito symptoms include quick onset of headache, chills, high fever, even vomiting. Even more symptoms include disorientation, seizures and can lead to coma. Even survivors can have lasting neurologic problems.




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