Deadly Mosquito-Borne Virus that Causes Brain Swelling Found in Florida

Health officials in Florida say they've detected a virus that causes swelling of the brain and can be deadly to humans. The virus is known as Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE. It can be transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The Florida Department of Health says tests late last week showed EEE is infecting mosquitoes in Orange County, which includes Orlando. The CDC says only about seven cases of the virus are reported in humans each year, but about 30-percent of people who are infected die. 

 

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