While summer is supposed to be a time of leisure and resting, there is one thing that can turn it into something fatal. The warm season is the time most mosquitoes go hunting. While this might not be such a catastrophe with the proper precautions, some mosquitoes carry a deadly bite. A mosquito-borne virus that is fatal to humans was recently discovered in Florida. The virus leads to the swelling of the brain and, ultimately, death. It is true that only 30% of those bitten by this type of mosquito die, but it is still a substantial percentage for something so small to cause.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an announcement that describes the symptoms of the virus. The virus needs 4 to 10 days to develop and cause damage. The disease is called Eastern equine encephalitis and starts with headaches, fever, chills, and vomiting. As there is no effective treatment, the virus can further cause disorientation, seizures, and coma. Those who survive the virus are left with chronic neurological problems.
Mosquito-borne Virus Fatal To Humans Spreads Across Florida, US
First of all, always utilize an insect repellent. This way mosquitoes can be kept at bay and not infect anyone with the virus. Secondly, even though the weather outside is perfect for shorts and t-shirts, you better wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and socks. This way, there will not be any skin exposed to insects. You can also use insect repellent on clothes to make sure that they will not approach you.
Mosquitoes are allured by standing water. By making sure that there are no objects filled with water, such as buckets, barrels, tires, inflatable pools, among others, you are sure that mosquitoes won’t gather. And finally, check that your windows have unbroken screens so that mosquitoes don’t enter your house. Even though these prevention measures might seem easy, taking them can save you from life-long problems caused by these tiny insects.
Jasmine holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.