The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC. The following reports are in chronological order from most recent to oldest from previous reports.
Seven Additional EEE Cases in Wisconsin
Wisconsin has had seven additional confirmed cases of EEE. All of the horses have been euthanized or died on their own. All are nonvaccinates or under vaccinated.
Waupaca County: 8-year-old Quarter Horse mare, not vaccinated; staggering and went down vocalizing with its tongue out. Euthanized 9/21/16.
Langlade County: 11-year-old Quarter Horse mare, not vaccinated this year; became non-ambulatory with a wry neck and was beginning to seizure. Euthanized 9/25/16. ELISA IgM: Positive at 1:400
Monroe County: 2-year-old Quarter Horse mare, either non-vaccinated or under vaccinated; head-pressing, lethargic, ataxic. Euthanized 9/18/16. PCR Positive CT Value 24.4
Chippewa County: 1-year-old under-vaccinated (no vaccine this year) Thoroughbred filly; initially presented 9/24/16, febrile, depressed, lethargic, weak, nystagmus, seizure-like activity; went down 9/26 and died 9/27.
Eau Claire County: 8-year-old under-vaccinated (possibly vaccinated 5 years ago) Miniature Horse mare; presented 9/26/16, wobbly, depressed, decreased appetite, circling to left, twitching, and head pressing; went down late 9/28; euthanized 9/29
Taylor County: 13-year-old unvaccinated Percheron mare; symptoms began 9/23/16 (hind limb weakness, stumbling); went down and was euthanized 9/24/16.
Forest County: Miniature Horse, Vaccination history unknown.
This makes 17 confirmed positive equine EEE cases in Wisconsin this year.
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