Deadly EEE: Parts of nation see worst outbreak of brain-swelling, mosquito virus in more than a half-century

Nine people from four states have died this year in the US from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, a mosquito-borne illness that has a death rate of 30 to 50 percent. Most of the deaths occurring in recent weeks. 

‘Sentinel chickens’ implicate Florida Panhandle as epicenter for Eastern equine encephalitis virus in US

The study revealed extensive genetic diversity as well as spatial dispersal of EEEV within Florida. Additionally, Das and colleagues observed more clustering of the disease in the Panhandle region. The findings, they said, indicate that EEEV is present year-round in the Florida Panhandle and that the region could be “seeding” EEEV epizootics in the rest of the state and the Northeastern US.