Connecticut Reports First 2019 WNV and EEE Equine Cases

WNV was reported in Fairfield County and EEE was reported in New London County in Connecticut.

In Connecticut, WNV was diagnosed in Fairfield County and EEE was confirmed in New London County. iStock/HagenCD

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture reported a case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Fairfield county. The 12-year-old draft cross horse had onset of clinical signs on August 3 that included lethargy, muscle fasciculations, poor appetite, profuse sweating and rapid heart rate. The horse was vaccinated in May 2019, and it is alive and recovering at a referral center for specialized medical treatment.

This was Connecticut’s first case of WNV in 2019. For more information visit this web page.

EEE in New London County

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture also reported a confirmed case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in New London County. The yearling Quarter Horse had onset of clinical signs on August 5 that included high fever, stumbling and circling. The horse is now deceased.

The yearling had no documented history of EEE or WNV vaccinations.

This is Connecticut’s first case of EEE in 2019. For more information visit this page.

Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center.

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