Archive for February 2017

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis or (EEE) Spread by the cattail marsh mosquito after it has bitten an infected bird, Eastern Equine Encephalitis infections are quite rare among humans, but it is among the most severe mosquito-transmitted illnesses in the U.S., with a 33% mortality rate and significant brain damage present in most survivors. While…

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La Crosse Virus (LCV)

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What is the La Crosse Virus (LCV) and how is it spread? Typically found in the Midwest states, La Crosse virus is an arbovirus spread by the bite of an infected mosquito primarily affecting children 16 years of age and younger. LACV, which has seen a slow but steady increase into the southeastern portion of…

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West Nile Virus (WNV)

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West Nile Virus Originating in Africa, the West Nile virus has spread across parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and here at home in the United States, where it was first detected in New York City in 1999 and has since spread to 47 states and the District of Columbia. An arbovirus spread primarily…

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Zika Virus

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Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness, which was first identified in monkeys in Uganda in 1947 and in humans in 1952. Since then, Zika outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. While the illness associated with Zika is relatively mild and lasts for only 2-7 days, infection during pregnancy has been…

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