Eastern Equine Encephalitis Climate Change Means A Rise In Mosquito-Borne Illness By Danielle Prieur/WMFE • Jan 17, 2019 Oxitec The sunlight coming through the picture window of Debbie Casey’s room at a nursing home in Daytona Beach falls on a message board covered with pictures from her life. Climate Change Means A Rise In Mosquito-borne Illnesses Like Eastern Equine Encephalitis By Danielle Prieur -- WMFE • Dec 5, 2018 Flickr Creative Commons The number of people who got sick in the United States from an infected mosquito, tick, or flea tripled between 2004 and 2016. More than 640,000 cases over that time, according to the CDC. In Florida, changing climate and a lack of good diagnostic tools, make it easier for insect-borne diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis to spread. Deadly Mosquito-Borne Illness Found In Animal Hosts In Orange County By By Danielle Prieur • Jul 6, 2018 Orange County residents are at greater risk of contracting a deadly mosquito-borne illness after several birds and especially chickens tested positive this past week. Eastern Equine Encephalitis, An Often-Fatal Virus, Shows Up In C. Fla. Horses By Abe Aboraya • May 31, 2016 Three unvaccinated horses in Central Florida have caught eastern equine encephalitis.