Orange County, Florida, has just issued a public advisory warning that the Department of Health has detected signs of a rare cerebral encephalitis virus (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 within days.
Health department officials have discovered an EEEV in a flock of clocks of chickens, which, according to the warning, includes a list of steps people can take to prevent mosquito population growth.
If the chickens of the watch get bitten, it means that human infections can follow close behind according to Gizmodo.
Unfortunately, mosquito-borne illness is likely to spread further into human-populated areas as our planet continues to heat through climate change.
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, which is a problem for our warmer future.
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