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New Deadly Mosquitoes Virus Has Scientists Freaking Out

December 30, 2019

It’s like a story ripped straight from a zombie
apocalypse movie- a warm, sunny day, and a couple out for a picnic. They set up by a pleasant little pond and
sit down to enjoy a romantic afternoon together. The man suddenly slaps at his neck, squashing
a mosquito that was in the middle of biting him. Shrugging it off, he ignores the bite and
returns his attention to the girl at his side. A week later the man starts to develop a fever. His internal temperature spikes, and he develops
what seems like a migraine headache. Thinking he may have caught a bad flu, the
man takes some over the counter medication and tries to get on with his life. The next day though he’s breaking out in chills,
alternating between freezing cold and burning hot. He’s exhausted, can barely get himself out
of bed. The day after that he’s confused, starts becoming
paranoid and even experiences hallucinations- then, suddenly, he’s dead, and the only clue
to his death is the mosquito bite he suffered a week ago. These are the symptoms of Eastern equine encephalitis
virus disease, and in one third of its victims, they are lethal. Even more terrifying though is that modern
medicine has no treatment or cure for EEE, and if you become infected, then you have
a 33% chance of dying, with no hospital in the country being able to do anything for
you except make you comfortable. If that’s not scary enough, then new reports
show that EEE is gradually spreading across the eastern seaboard of the United States,
reaching deeper inland and even northwards into Canada. An incurable disease is slowly making its
way across the continent of North America, and scientists have no way of stopping its
advance. Eastern equine encephalitis virus disease
is caused, naturally enough, by a viral infection. Typically this virus lives out its life cycle
alternating between infecting birds and mosquitoes, and humans are not a regular part of its life
cycle. When an infected mosquito bites a human being
though, the virus infects that person and has its life cycle abruptly halted. Unfortunately, it very quickly does the same
for its human victim. When in a human victim the virus can result
in one of two types of infections: systemic, or encephalitic- or when it causes the brain
to swell. In a systemic infection symptoms are abrupt,
and are often mistaken as any number of other minor illnesses. Unfortunately there is no one or two identifying
symptoms that can clue a person into being infected with EEE, and this makes treating
the disease more difficult. If the virus manages to stay out of the central
nervous system, then the victim typically survives just fine, often without ever knowing
just how close to death they had come. When the disease does infect the nervous system
though is when it becomes fatal. An encephalitic infection is characterized
by the symptoms of a systemic infection, making it all but impossible to determine if an infection
will ultimately move to affect the brain and nervous system. Pretty soon though it becomes obvious that
an infection has turned encephalitic, with patients suffering from severe fever, headaches,
irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis- a bluish discoloration
of the skin caused by a lack of blood flow-, convulsions, and coma. That is literally a witch’s brew of symptoms,
and combine to make EEE a miserable disease indeed. About one third of people infected will die
from the disease anywhere from two to ten days after displaying symptoms, and sadly
there is nothing that can be done for them. There exists no vaccine against EEE, and no
antiviral treatment has been effective in combating the disease. Part of this is because the disease is so
rare, killing about seven people a year in the US. Another reason for a lack of treatment is
because the disease can be so hard to pin down, that most sufferers fail to get adequate
medical attention quickly enough to catch the disease in its early stages, leaving scientists
with few treatment options in the critical opening phase of infection. Though two thirds of those infected will recover,
many of them are left with mental and physical damage thanks to the infection. Some people may experience difficulty performing
certain movements, or even walking. Others show mild to severe brain damage, and
can be severely intellectually impaired. Others may suffer from various personality
disorders brought on by brain damage, random seizures, full or partial paralysis, and cranial
nerve dysfunction, which can cause partial or complete blindness. Like with so many animal-borne illnesses,
global warming is playing a large part in the spread of EEE, and health officials in
the US announced that 2019 was the worst year in recent history for infections. In Massachusetts alone one 70 year old man
died in September, and this was the tenth case in that state. So far in 2019, Michigan reported eight cases
of EEE, with three deaths, and New Jersey reported three infections. Connecticut has suffered its first fatality
for the year and a second infection. Already in 2019 there have been 25 cases of
EEE spread out across six states, and we have already hit our annual average of seven deaths. If that wasn’t bad enough though, scientists
tracking the disease have discovered that this year the virus seems to have spread further
than ever before. Scientists tracked not just human victims,
but also birds infected with the disease. Typically the disease stays in a small pocket
of the northeast US, but now it is spreading steadily east and north as well, with cases
being reported in Canada. More worryingly is the fact that some people
who are infected ultimately develop no symptoms at all, or like we said before, may develop
non-fatal versions of the disease and assume they just caught a really bad cold. Thus it’s almost impossible to accurately
gauge just how far the disease has spread. The disease typically makes its home amongst
the birds and mosquitoes of swampy areas in the North East United States. Thanks to global warming though, rising temperatures
have increased the stretch of swamps, and extended the amount of time that mosquitoes
remain active throughout the year. Thanks to additional weeks of warm summer
weather, mosquitoes can reproduce and multiply in greater numbers, and this increases both
the odds of infection, and the spread of the disease. With milder winters than ever before, some
mosquitoes are even living straight through the winter season. This means that the following year, come spring
time there’s even more mosquitoes ready to take to the air and get their groove on, creating
more disease vectors for EEE. The warmer summers that global warming is
also producing greatly boosts mosquito activity, encouraging them to feed and procreate more,
and you are very often on the menu for a disease infected mosquito. To make a terrible situation even worse though-
as if that’s possible- extreme weather caused by global warming is leading to massive flooding,
which in turn leaves behind swampy, muggy territory that mosquitoes can use to reproduce
out of control. The worse global warming gets, the more that
diseases like EEE will affect humanity. Weather is not the only factor though, human
encroachment into remote wilderness areas is also exposing more people to the disease. Cities and towns are gradually spreading deeper
and deeper into the swampy home of EEE, and this in turn is exposing the people that live
there to the deadly disease. While cities are not the preferred habitat
of EEE, as with any species, the virus may be adapting to a new, human-shaped reality. Where once we were insulated from the disease
by natural barriers such as forests, logging and expansion of human presence into the deepest
wilderness is gradually bringing us more and more into contact with EEE and other diseases. The situation already looks pretty grim, and
yet somehow, it manages to get even worse. In Florida the weather is warm enough normally
that the disease can live year-round, and as with any organism this gives EEE a greater
chance of mutation. Now, scientists worry that a much more virulent
strain of EEE may have developed in Florida, because if something terrible happens to the
US, nine out of ten times it originates in Florida. This new strain not only has a greater chance
of causing infection, but may actually be more suited for infecting humans than previous
strains. Over the course of decades, this strand of
EEE, if not eradicated, may mutate to make humans part of its life cycle. With warming temperatures and ever-increasing
encroachment into remote wilderness by modern society, the odds of that happening look pretty
good. If there’s a bright side to any of this, it’s
that because of the increases virility of EEE this year, it’s likely that next year
we’ll see a reduced incidence of the disease. That’s because birds infected this year will
develop immunities, and this in turn will create a smaller population of birds that
the disease can infect in 2020. That’s right, thanks to birds we will likely
see less human death next year from EEE, so next time you see a bird on the street take
a moment to give it a thank you high-five, then immediately apologize for the fact that
global warming is estimated to have killed billions of birds over the last thirty years. The reprieve from EEE will be rather short
lived though, and scientists confidently predict that the disease will only spread and infect
more people in the future. A combination of human encroachment on its
natural habitat and global warming both will create the perfect conditions for EEE to reach
more and more people. With the climate gradually warming, other
arthropod-spread diseases such as lyme disease and West Nile will also increase in virility. So what can you do to protect yourself? Well, vaccines for EEE are today being researched,
but there are none publicly available yet. Odds are though that even if we develop a
vaccine, it won’t really matter, because the anti-vaxxer movement will inevitably become
afraid of them for no good reason whatsoever and refuse to vaccinate themselves and their
children. This will inevitably create a glaring gap
in the herd immunity that has traditionally kept us safe from diseases like measles and
polio, both diseases with horrific consequences that were once nearly completely eradicated,
and are now coming back with a vengeance. That’s right, humanity very nearly triumphed
over a whole host of diseases that killed millions of us throughout history, and a group
of people who refuse to believe in science brought them back from the edge. For once our power to drive species extinct
was being used for the good of all… thanks, Jenny McCarthy. With a gap in our herd immunity the disease
could not only survive, but even mutate to become resistant to our vaccinations. That is what scientists today fear may be
happening with other diseases that we traditionally vaccinate for. So your best bet may not be to wait for a
vaccine, but to take measures to protect yourself from the disease vector itself- the mosquito. Wear long-sleeved clothing when outdoors in
areas that are heavily populated with mosquitoes, and make sure you use insect repellent to
keep biting insects away. Forget any homeopathy stuff, because again,
that’s not science, and make sure that your insect repellent includes DEET. Remember, as with anything in life, chemicals
are only scary in inappropriate doses. For hunters and campers who are the primary
victims of EET, government authorities recommend that you wait until later in the season to
head out into the woods. The longer you wait for colder weather, the
less odds you’ll run into an infected mosquito. Think we’ll be able to control diseases like
EEE? Can we really stop or reverse the worst of
global warming’s trends? Let us know in the comments! And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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  • Reply The Infographics Show November 12, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Just don't get bEEE-ten!

  • Reply Theholy Peanut November 29, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Can’t do anything nice outside anymore

  • Reply Inprints November 29, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    This is why I stay home E v e r y d a y

  • Reply Duta Irinel Marius November 30, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Me: Watches video.
    Mosquito near my ear: Bzzzzz

  • Reply Mako Mane November 30, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    It’s November close to December and I still see swarms of them

  • Reply Nek Nek December 1, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Mosquitos:Gets EEE

    Also Mosquitos:Lets Effect People!

  • Reply 4M 1 R341 December 1, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Can they use microphages to get rid of the EEE

    A sports

  • Reply legomemeulouser20foreverlolm8 December 1, 2019 at 10:00 am

    when I see a mosquito now: rEEE I'm gonna die

  • Reply Niko Floros December 1, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I had a soccer game cancelled cuz of thsi

  • Reply Transport Gaming December 1, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    EEE: Exists
    Karen: I will sue EEE.
    Karen: dead

  • Reply Dog Tags December 2, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Those insects need some Jesus

  • Reply John Papakie December 2, 2019 at 12:44 am

    If Florida causes tons of Viruses then I say we nuke Florida I don’t care what happens deport everyone from Florida then nuke it.

  • Reply Epic December 2, 2019 at 1:23 am

    I got so scared until you said it only kills 7 people a year

  • Reply Epic December 2, 2019 at 1:36 am

    I know it mentioned how it killed someone in Connecticut but our summers are short and our winters are long. Bugs really only can live here in like late July and August.

    Laughs in Northener

  • Reply Max Sassen December 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Ok each time i watch a video I just get scared

  • Reply Shmellinburg December 2, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    I found this out by searching my dad, grandpa and uncles company

  • Reply Fixable_Halo 573 December 3, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    AAAAAND another reason you should see a doctor after bitten by a mosquito as soon as possible.

  • Reply Tormented_SPED December 4, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Long sleeve sales across the U.S

  • Reply No More Vids Dead channel December 4, 2019 at 3:25 am

    6.66 million…. interesting

  • Reply Oliver Shore December 4, 2019 at 4:34 am

    I don’t get bit by mosquitoes ha ha

  • Reply JasonXxX209 December 4, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Me watching that one kid I don’t like at daycare get bit by a mosquito and him not being there tommorow (⊙_◎)

  • Reply SINGHIZHEM December 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

    So global warming is increasing biodiversity?

  • Reply Moe Aye December 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

    We have used the EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE meme too much

    Now it’s coming to K*EEEEEEEEEEEEE*LL us

  • Reply Jayden Mejias December 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    cRIeS iN flOrIDa

    everyone else:

    Laughs in another country

  • Reply Soviet Land December 5, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I'm laughing in Siberian

  • Reply TheCatArmy December 5, 2019 at 2:44 am

    This is why I don’t go outside

  • Reply Brad Leff December 5, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Watched this video when Infographics show sub count was 6.66m

  • Reply Moscow December 5, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Scared in Canadian.

    alright, i hope i actually wont die from this.

  • Reply Lucas Heitor December 5, 2019 at 11:37 am

    page neuro and cardii

  • Reply BoomCombo December 5, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    uh oh stinkyyyy

  • Reply EranaTheDragon December 6, 2019 at 3:01 am

    playing plage inc on the funny computer in area 51
    EEE appears
    Me: heavy sweating

  • Reply Akihiro Hoshigaki December 6, 2019 at 5:43 am

    I wished this was old

  • Reply BalkanGamer December 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

    "The disease exists in America and moving into Canada."
    Laughs in Europe

  • Reply Yukii December 7, 2019 at 12:14 am

    "The Infographics Show:The disease exists in America and moving into Canada."

    Me In Canada: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Assassin 2512 December 7, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Will it go to puerto Rico

  • Reply Mary Calvillo December 7, 2019 at 1:02 am

    It's almost in Idaho

  • Reply Minerator Gaming December 7, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Me:Isn’t it a mosquito??? You know dat there is mosquito repellent people!!
    Me:Keeps watching…

  • Reply Codedetected December 7, 2019 at 3:16 am

    I’m lucky that I’m Australian

  • Reply Mr Puggo December 7, 2019 at 4:50 am

    My friend: gets mosquito bite

    Me: well thanks for being my friend your going to die now

    My friend: …

    my friend survives

    It’s a miracle

  • Reply Maximum Gaming December 7, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Why don’t the infected mosquitos die

  • Reply Kemarian Wallace December 7, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I got stinged by a moscato before but that didn't happen to me

  • Reply GoldenFoxyYT December 8, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Well frick

  • Reply vic kimsan December 8, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Uh i think i have it but I’m kinda fine now

  • Reply Ulqcifer December 8, 2019 at 4:02 am

    EEE: Exists

    Antivaxxers: It's just another new gimmick.

  • Reply Pro Fade December 8, 2019 at 4:41 am


  • Reply Gage Busch December 8, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Get rid or miscetos

  • Reply Gage Busch December 8, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Who else is watching this when there

  • Reply Samurai Genji December 8, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Wait is EEE way more lethal/dangerous than dengue fever?

  • Reply Appllee December 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Bro him saying EEE like it's normal is the funniest thing

  • Reply Aquhhh December 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    i live in mass 🙁

  • Reply JacobThePlayer CZ December 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm


  • Reply Kaka Choo December 9, 2019 at 1:22 am

    This is the modern black death

  • Reply Cyd's Device December 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

    play plague inc beee oh bebeh dis was from mosqui nanana havana beeeeeeep BEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeep

  • Reply ApexWar December 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Is Florida cursed?

  • Reply sherry December 9, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    just EEET the mosquitoes

  • Reply Richyamer December 9, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Haha i don't need to worry cause i don't go outside cause i dont have life

    I live in nj

  • Reply Vidda joe December 9, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    i live in sweden so mosquitoes arent that scary bc of the cold

  • Reply AirRolls December 10, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Guys juice WRLD must have had EEE cause he died of a seizure

  • Reply Ace Beats December 10, 2019 at 3:17 am

    New Drinking Game!!!
    Take a shot every time he says "EEE"

  • Reply Shadow Minecraft Pupi Studio's December 10, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Why did i watch this at night?

  • Reply Jeff Dude December 11, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Genetic modification?

  • Reply Caden Yang December 11, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Video should be called
    the origin of the E meme

  • Reply Tyler Albert December 11, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Yay my state is special its the only one that has a shown death count

  • Reply sain plays for life December 11, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Im scared now

  • Reply RandomYoutubeIFound December 12, 2019 at 2:36 am

    im allergic to mosquitoes

  • Reply EBBc Splashy December 12, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Yo this is so scary NGL

  • Reply EBBc Splashy December 12, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Oh no I'm moving to Florida RIP me??

  • Reply Robert 909 December 12, 2019 at 6:26 am

    EEE Is in America and moving to Canada

    Me: laughs while eating my vegimite

  • Reply The beast 151 Denis December 12, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I hate mosquitoes
    But mosquitoes love me

  • Reply Thatone-dude OwO December 12, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    EEE(A) sports

  • Reply Nahid Hasan December 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Al the mosquitoes have to become vegan

  • Reply K Does Everything December 14, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I'm not the only one who's Watching this and is sick and has all these symptoms right?

  • Reply Fabio _mcc December 14, 2019 at 7:33 am

    EEE about to end the world

  • Reply OptiBumblePrime 100 December 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Wut , I get bitten by mosquitos like 2 or 3 times a day and I feel nothing

  • Reply iPadVids December 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I think i got bitten by a mosquito. Help me

  • Reply Jacob [#SealTeamFour] December 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    You can thank the island near New York for this.

  • Reply Charlotte Jahn December 14, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    USA: help!! There is a new deadly virus

    Me: chuckles in Norway

  • Reply Jackson Burt December 15, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Me: I Don't care My sis: AAAH WER GONNA DIE My mom: speechless

  • Reply Yin Sky December 15, 2019 at 6:31 am

    You made me feel itchy

  • Reply Jagadish PR December 15, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Spiders need to save us

  • Reply AS W December 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    So basicly its a new plague

  • Reply How To Be A Kid December 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I live in Florida. I think I had this a month ago! I’m glad I’m alright…

  • Reply MyNameIsThis December 15, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    why are you telling us this oh because I got and I so 3 spiders of tarantula and a mosquito in our school!!!..

  • Reply Matthew Holt December 16, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Thanks man I live in Florida

  • Reply Matthew Holt December 16, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Guess I will die

  • Reply Kenia Muñoz December 16, 2019 at 3:41 am

    America:has EEE

    Me:*cries in florida*

  • Reply player gamer gamer December 16, 2019 at 4:11 am


  • Reply player gamer gamer December 16, 2019 at 4:13 am

    2020 aaa

  • Reply Mr_Panda December 16, 2019 at 6:13 am


  • Reply Ak Blade December 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Well I now realize I am in danger too! chuckles ok.

  • Reply Kevin Herman December 18, 2019 at 1:47 am

    This is a great way to end 2019

  • Reply Titan Gaming December 18, 2019 at 11:02 am

    "The disease exists in America and is slowly moving to canada"

    Cries in American

  • Reply cookie December 18, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I don't know how well this video is, but I do know they now have a way of eradicating all the mosquitoes in North America, but now it's just up for debate whether it's the right thing to do.

  • Reply Bezzenji Gee December 19, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    The disease is in America and moving to canada
    Me in England

  • Reply Specter—V December 20, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Mosquito: exists

    Death: it’s free real estate

  • Reply JJ 2010 December 21, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I had this and i survived

  • Reply Florin Buf December 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Cold English weather-Dont worry bros ive got you covered

  • Reply Snowstorm December 23, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I live in NE North America, book me a flight to Europe ?

  • Reply AlphaNoob YT December 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I got a Anti-virus ad when I played the video

  • Reply Whyuneed Toknow? December 29, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Malaria: am i a joke to you?

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