The Florida Department of Health recently reported that it detected the presence of mosquitoes carrying dangerous viruses. The risks of mosquito bites are always higher during the summer months, and outdoor workers will be wise to take precautions. Although the workers' compensation program of the state covers mosquito-related illnesses, prevention is crucial because bites by infected mosquitoes can cause death or long-term health consequences.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the mosquitoes carry the eastern equine encephalitis virus that causes brain swelling. The incubation period is four to 10 days, and symptoms like high fever, sudden headaches, vomiting and chills can indicate severe brain inflammation. At this stage, there is a risk of seizures, disorientation and coma. Authorities say one in three victims infected with this virus succumb to it.