Deadly mosquito-borne illness that causes brain swelling reported in Florida

Deadly mosquito-borne brain swelling virus detected in Florida

Deadly mosquito-borne brain swelling virus detected in Florida

Health officials in the USA state of Florida have issued a warning about the discovery of a mosquito-borne virus which causes brain swelling and can be fatal.

Coops of sentinel chickens are placed in areas believed to be endemic to mosquitoes and are tested regularly for mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile, according to the American Veterinarian.

Although there's only been an average of seven cases of the EEE virus reported in United States residents each year, the disease is known to be fateful about 30 percent of the time, as per information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The confirmed presence of the virus in Orange County's sentinel chickens have raised "the risk of transmission to humans", according to a statement by the county's department of health.

"We had a couple of cases of West Nile in 2003, but 2004 is when it really kicked in", says Melissa Kretschmer, a county epizoologist who monitors and reports on the incidence and spread of the sometimes-lethal illness.

A lab assistant places a mosquito into a test tube to be tested for diseases including the West Nile Virus, Saint Louis Encephalitis, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, June 20, 2003, in Wheeling, Ill.

In addition, the most increasing rise is occurring in the state of Florida.

The Treasure Coast is no stranger to mosquito-borne illnesses. Sentinel chickens are kept in several Bay Area counties, but none have been reported to have the disease.

St. Lucie Mosquito Control District wishes to remind residents and visitors that the cooler temperatures we now are experiencing does not mean that mosquitoes are not still active and a threat to public health as well as to horses and pets. "But the small percentage that do, they can have a very serious infection". Here are a few simple tips to live a mosquito-free summer.

Mosquito-borne diseases usually affect countries with tropical climates.

Health officials said they will continue to monitor the infections and research prevention efforts.

DOH-Orange is now advising both residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, and to take certain preventative steps to limit exposure.

"Floridians should be paying attention to this", Alto said. You can also spray the pesticide permethrin on clothing, including socks and shoes (not while you're wearing it), for an extra layer of protection.