EDCC Reports New EEE Deaths in South Carolina and Florida

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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 South Carolina State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of another new equine case of EEE on July 15. A five-year-old Mustang mare located in Berkley County was confirmed. This horse was unvaccinated and did not survive. This is the first confirmed case in Berkley County this year. The total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina in 2016 is now 9.

On July 15, a new EEE case was confirmed in Jackson County, Florida. The 8-year-old Mustang mare had no known vaccine history and no recent travel history. Clinical signs began on July 6 and the horse was euthanized for humane reasons the following day. This is the first confirmed EEE case in Jackson County and the 12th confirmed case in Florida for 2016.

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