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.
South Carolina Up to 11 EEE Cases
The South Carolina state veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of two new equine cases of EEE on 7/26/16. One of these cases is in Greenville County and is the first confirmed case in the upstate in 2016. This confirmation comes after the first confirmed case in the Midlands in Kershaw County the week of 7/15/16, providing solid evidence that the risk to South Carolina horses from EEE at this time is not confined to coastal counties, but is indeed statewide. The Greenville County case was a 10-year-old Quarter Horse. The second new case was a 5-year-old Quarter Horse in Horry County. This is the fourth confirmed case in Horry County in 2016. Neither of these horses had been vaccinated according to label instructions and neither survived. The total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina in 2016 is now 11.
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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.
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