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A potentially fatal brain-swelling disease has been detected in mosquitoes in Delaware, officials warn.
Eastern equine encephalitis (also known as EEE or Triple E) is a cousin of Venezuelan equine encephalitis, which is one of the 37 viruses earmarked by the World Health Organization as the biggest threats to public health.
Massachusetts - Handful - Horses - Humans - Year
It was first detected in Massachusetts in 1831, but has remained rare - affecting a handful of horses and only about five to 10 humans each year.
As such, there is little demand to study it, and to this date no cure for the virus, which leaves most survivors with permanent brain damage, and kills a third of sufferers.
Friday - Delaware - Officials - Chickens - Counties
On Friday, Delaware officials warned sentinel chickens in the counties of New Castle, Kent and Sussex have contracted EEE.
'No human or equine cases of EEE or [West Nile virus] have been reported to date this year in Delaware,' officials said.
EEE - Thrives - Areas
EEE thrives in coastal areas, and has rarely been spotted outside...
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