If you live in Florida- be extra cautious- a dangerous and possibly deadly mosquito-borne virus has been discovered, according to the Department of Health in Orange County of Florida.
The officials note that several sentinel chickens from the same flock were tested positive to the Eastern equine encephalitis virus and the risk of the virus being transmitted to humans has elevated.
What Kind of Virus Is this?
The CDC explains that this virus is rare and spreads through infected mosquitoes.
Unfortunately, it can trigger brain inflammation. Even though it’s more common in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic states, there’ve been cases in the Great Lake Area too.
Being quite rare, only 5 to 10 cases are being reported on a yearly basis in the US.
What Are the Symptoms of the Virus?
The first symptoms are usually noticeable 10 days or so after being bitten by an infected mosquito. More serious cases of the virus are manifested by sudden headaches, high fever, vomiting, and chills. This could further transform into seizures, disorientation, and even coma.
Unfortunately, 1/3 of the people infected with this virus die whereas the survivors usually have a mild to severe brain damage. To make things worse, there’s no treatment for the virus!
Antibiotics are of no use because they’re not effective against viruses. Until now, there have been no anti-viral meds discovered. Supportive therapy may be used in the treatment of serious diseases, including IVs, hospitalization, and prevention of other possible infections.
If you want to avert this virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, never keep standing water in buckets, pools, or bathrooms and always cover your skin when you’re spending time outdoors with adequate insect repellents.