Orange County, Florida, has just issued a public warning that the Department of Health has found evidence of the rare brain-infecting virus, the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV), in the area.
EEEV is a particularly rare infection – it tends to spread in remote, swampy areas far from human civilization. But when the disease strikes, it can be severe: Gizmodo reports that a sting by an infected mosquito can lead to severe, deadly brain swelling within days.
Health Department officials found EEEV in a herd of sentinel chickens used by local governments to monitor and track infectious diseases. According to this warning, the alert contains a list of steps that can be taken to prevent the growth of mosquito populations.
That is, human infections might follow just behind Gizmodo .
Unfortunately, a mosquito-borne disease is likely to spread over time in human-populated areas due to warming due to climate change, per Gizmodo .
While EEEV is rare and human infections leading to dangerous symptoms are even rarer, scientists still need to find a vaccine or treatment for the disease. The disease poses a problem for our warmer future.
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