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    Deadly Mosquito-Borne Virus Causing Brain Swelling Detected in Florida

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    Health officials in the US state of Florida have issued a warning about the discovery of a mosquito-borne virus which causes brain swelling and can be fatal. Known as Eastern equine encephalitis, the virus was found in 'several sentinel chickens in the same flock', the New York Post reported, citing the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

    A deadly mosquito-borne virus has been detected in Florida, with the local Department of Health in Orange Country warning that humans are at a higher risk of catching the potentially-fatal disease. The statement by the health officials was made after several sentinel chickens in the same flock tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE).

    It is an infection that causes brain swelling in humans and can lead to death. If infected, a person may suffer from the following symptoms: fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures or even a coma. 

    The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly recommended Florida residents and visitors to use insect repellent and to cover their skin while outdoors.

    The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed in a lab at the Ministry of Health of El Salvador, in San Salvador
    © AFP 2019 / MARVIN RECINOS
    The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed in a lab at the Ministry of Health of El Salvador, in San Salvador

    Mosquito-borne diseases usually affect countries with tropical climates. Apart from EEE, the insects can transmit malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Zika fever and other categories of viruses.  

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