People, including Florida residents and guests, are now at risk of getting of the Keystone virus – mosquito-borne illness. The carriers of the Keystone Virus are Aedes atlanticus mosquitoes, typical for Florida, USA.
Medical journal “Clinical Infectious Diseases” documented human case of the Keystone virus. Director of the university’s Emerging Pathogens Institute,
researcher J. Glenn Morris suggests that the incidence of this virus may be “fairly common in North Florida,” adding that this is the first confirmed case, possibly because patients are rarely tested for viruses.
Researchers at the University of Florida said the 16-year-old boy was the first human case of the Keystone virus. The teenager, who visited the hospital in 2016 had a fever and a rash. Because of this, the doctors suspected he had Zika virus, so the guy was tested for Zika, which led to the discovery: the first human case of the Keystone virus.
“We couldn’t identify what was going on. We screened this with all the standard approaches and it literally took a year and a half of sort of dogged laboratory work to figure out what this virus was” – said Dr. Morris.
Although the teen developed relatively light symptoms of Keystone virus, this virus can cause more severe symptoms in humans, including brain infections. Two related viruses, the Jamestown-Canyon virus and the La Crosse encephalitis virus, can lead to inflammation of the brain – encephalitis.
According to Dr. Morris, there are many viruses, transmitted by mosquitoes, but the rate of disease transmission has not yet been fully identified, so further studies on vector-borne diseases will help scientists shed light on pathogens that are most threatening the health of humans and animals.