PASCO, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County reports that two horses in the county have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) one in Central and one on the East side of Pasco, health officials said.
Officials say this could pose a risk of transmission to humans. They also say EEE in humans is a rare disease that is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. EEE virus (EEEV) is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). This virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito Disease transmission does not occur directly from person to person.
Health officials say those at highest risk are people who live in or visit woodland areas, people who work or participate in outdoor recreational activities where there is greater exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes.
Mosquito-borne infections in people can cause headache, fever, dizziness, confusion, movement disorders and coma.