EDCC Reports EEE in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida

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.

EEE in North Carolina

A Pitt County Quarter Horse has been confirmed as having died after contracting Eastern equine encephalomyelitis. The horse exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression and inability to stand or eat. This is the first reported case of EEE in North Carolina this year. For more information go to http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2016/7-16-state-sees-first-EEE-case-of-2016.htm.

EEE in South Carolina

The State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of one new case of EEE during the week of 7/1/16. The horse was located in Colleton County and is the second case confirmed in that county already this year. The total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina in 2016 is now five. This is a significant number of cases for the end of June and indicates that this may be a higher than normal risk of infection year.

EEE in Washington and Polk Counties, Florida

On July 1, two new EEE case were confirmed, one each in Washington and Polk County, Florida. The Washington County case, a 3-year-old Andalusian, became clinical on June 23 and had one previous vaccination for EEE per owner and no recent travel history. The mare’s current status is unknown. The Polk County case was up to date on all vaccines per owner and had no reported travel history with in the past month. Clinical signs began on June 25 and the horse was euthanized for humane reasons the same day. This is the first confirmed EEE case in Washington County, the fourth case in Polk County and the ninth and tenth confirmed cases in Florida for 2016.

Ruidoso Downs Quarantine Ended

Quarantine of the exposed barn at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico has been lifted after 14 days with no new cases of the neurological form of EHV-1.

About EDCC

The Equine Disease Communication Center 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.

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.

Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.

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