By Gage Simpson, Owner Of New Frontier News
Monday, June 25, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- A 16-year-old boy went to an urgent care clinic in 2016 for a fever and a rash. Doctors thought it might be Zika but test came in negative.
Now over a year and a half later, doctors have now found that it was Keystone Virus, a virus which was first described in 1964, and this is the first time it has been found alive in humans.
The disease is quite common in animals. Nearly 30% of squirrels and 10% of deer sampled in the southeast have the disease, but there hasn’t been an active case of the disease in humans found.
Scientists originally found the disease in mosquitos of the Aedes atlanticus mosquito which is common in most of the southeast United States.
Some of the symptoms of Keystone include mild fever, rash, and possibly encephalitis, or brain swelling.
J. Glenn Morris, who is director of University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, believes the disease is quite common in humans.
“Although the virus has never previously been found in humans, the infection may actually be fairly common in North Florida,” he said.
In a survey taken 50 years ago, doctors found that nearly 20% of people in the southeast had some of the antibodies of the virus in their bodies.
The nearly non-existent reporting may come to the fact that most people who became infected with the virus had minor symptoms or did not recognize the symptoms came from a mosquito bite.
As of now there is no known way to diagnose the disease in a speedy matter or any treatment plan for the disease.
The Environmental Protection Agency says the best way to prevent getting the disease is to avoid mosquito bites.
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