The Georgia Department of Agriculture via the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) has reported two premises with strangles, the first 2017 case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year, and the first EEE case in Georgia this year.
On July 10, one premise in Fayette County, Georgia, was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and subsequent positive PCR confirmation of strangles. The index case developed clinical signs on July 6.
On July 12, one premise in Bartow County, Georgia, was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of strangles. The index case developed clinical signs on July 8.
On July 11, an unvaccinated 7-year-old Paint horse in Worth County, Georgia, was confirmed positive for West Nile virus. This is the first 2017 equine confirmed positive for WNV in Georgia.
On July 19, a 4-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding with an unknown vaccine history was confirmed positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Brooks County, Georgia. This is the first 2017 equine EEE case confirmed in Georgia.
The Equine Disease Communication Center works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.
The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.
Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.
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