New York State Reports Equine WNV and EEE Deaths

Three of four new cases of equine West Nile virus in New York are dead, and an additional EEE case also was euthanized.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has reported four confirmed cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV). One unvaccinated horse from St. Lawrence County is still alive. One horse each from Cayuga County, Erie County and St Lawrence County were euthanized due to WNV. Two of the three were not vaccinated. One had been vaccinated, but not enough time had elapsed for the vaccination to be protective.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets also reported a confirmed case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse in Oswego County. The horse was euthanized.

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) 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.

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