Scientists concerned that Madariaga virus could spread to Caribbean


Scientists are concerned that a mosquito-borne disease transmitted from animals to humans could spread throughout the Caribbean after it was found to be present in Haiti. 

A release said Madariaga virus (MADV), or South American eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), has, until now, been found primarily in animals of South and Central America, with the first human outbreak occurring in Panama in 2010.

Now, scientists writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases report the identification of MADV in eight children in Haiti in 2015 and 2016.

Glenn Morris of the University of Florida and colleagues maintain a surveillance program at a school clinic in Haiti and, since 2014, have collected blood samples of children presenting to the clinic with acute febrile illness. In April 2015, one such…

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