We already know how dangerous mosquitoes can be, as they are the cause of viruses such as Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.
However, they have recently been found to also carry and transfer yet another disease, the Keystone Virus.
The Keystone Virus comes from a family of viruses known as the Bunyaviridae group; which have been associated with encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain that can be fatal).
This virus was first discovered in 1964 from samples from mosquitoes in Keystone, Florida.
Although it was discovered in Florida, it is mobile and has been found in coastal regions as far away as Texas.
White-tailed deer, raccoons, and squirrels are known carriers of this disease.
Keystone virus was thought to not infect humans and cause sickness, until recently a 16-year-old boy’s tissue samples showed he had the virus.
People who live in an area where the mosquito and virus are more prevalent have been found to have antibodies against the virus in their blood, meaning this is not the first time the Keystone virus has infected people.
However, no one else has previously reported getting sick from this virus, and that’s what has stumped professionals.
No live virus had been found in humans until now.
Aedes atlanticus mosquitoes are the transmitters of the Keystone virus and are common in Florida; similar to Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that are known to spread viruses like Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya.
The young boy experienced a fever and rash, which are common in viral infections.
This virus has yet to have any distinctive features, making it difficult to diagnose.
However, professionals believe this virus is not life-threatening.
The best way to prevent this disease and all mosquito related diseases is to use an EPA registered, IR3535 insect repellent to repel potentially dangerous insect bites.