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Health department issues advisory after 2 chickens test positive for EEE virus

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — After two local chickens recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, health officials want residents to remain vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito-born diseases.

The Indian River Mosquito Control District and the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County continue surveillance and protection efforts against the viruses. It was unclear if any local residents had contracted the infection, which is a rare cause of brain infections, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only a few cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are reported each year in the United States, health officials said. Most cases occur in the eastern or Gulf Coast states.

Health experts said about 30 percent of people with EEE die and that many survivors have ongoing neurological problems. Here are tips from the health department on how residents should practice preventative measures.

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.

Tips on Repellent Use

The Florida Department of Health continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Malaria and Dengue, authorities said. Those who want more information on mosquito-borne illnesses can visit the health department website or call their local their local county health department.


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