Ohio and Florida Horses Succumb to EEE

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Ohio Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County, Ohio, was one of two places with equine deaths from EEE.

Two more states—Ohio and Florida—have reported equine deaths due to Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed EEE in a horse from Ashtabula County. The horse was unvaccinated and was euthanized. For more information go to http://ocj.com/2017/08/eee-virus-confirmed-in-ohio-horse.

Florida Oakloosa county

Okaloosa County, Florida, also had an EEE death in a horse.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that on August 21, 2017, one horse in Okaloosa County was confirmed positive for EEE. The vaccination history of the horse was unknown. It became neurologic and died on August 7. This was the second 2017 EEE case for Florida.

This article was created with information from the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC). The EDCC 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.