Orange County, Florida, has just issued a public warning that the Department of Health has detected signs of the rare Brain-infectious Horse Encephalitis (EEEV) virus in the area.
EEEV is a particularly rare infection – it tends to spread to remote, swampy areas far from human civilization. But when the disease strikes, it can be serious: Gizmodo reports that a mosquito bite can cause severe, fatal brain swelling in a matter of days.
Health department officials found an EEEV in a flock of chickens with watches used by local authorities to monitor and track infectious diseases, according to a warning that includes a list of steps people can take to prevent the growth of mosquito populations.
If the santile chicks are beaten, it means that human infections can follow close behind, according to Gizmodo .
Unfortunately, mosquito-borne disease is likely to spread farther into human-populated areas as our planet continues to warm through climate change, for Gizmodo .
While EEEV is rare and human infections that lead to dangerous symptoms are even rarer, scientists have not yet devised a vaccine or treatment for the disease that is a problem for our warmer future.
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