(Fox 5) – A potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus has been detected in Delaware, state officials said. Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare mosquito-transmitted illness, is considered to be worse than West Nile Virus. The illness, referred to more succinctly as EEE, was found in sentinel chickens the state monitors for mosquito-transmitted illnesses. Delaware has 20 sentinel chicken coups located throughout the state. Four chickens from three locations tested positive for EEE, health officials said. The affected stations are


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located in New Castle County, east-central Kent County and southeastern Sussex County. Health officials say symptoms of EEE do not appear until 4 to 10 days after a bite. The most severe cases of the illness include inflammation of the brain and a sudden headache. High fever, chills and vomiting can also accompany the illness. Around a third of severe cases lead to death and those who survive can experience brain damage and other long-term health complications. Those below 15-years-old and above 50-years-old are at the greatest risk for the illness. READ MORE

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