Three Florida Horses Euthanized Due To Disease

Two horses were euthanized due to WNV and one from EEE in Florida.

Florida horses in St. Johns and Citrus Counties were euthanized due to WNV and a horse in Clay County was euthanized due to EEE. iStock/Hagencd

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that three horses have been euthanized in Florida due to disease. 

The first horse was a weanling Quarter Horse colt that had onset of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) clinical signs on September 20. That was the first EEE case for Clay County and the 28 for the state this year.

A horse in St. Johns County and in Citrus County have been euthanized due to West Nile virus (WNV). The St. Johns County 13-year-old pony mare had onset of clinical signs on September 20 and was euthanized. She was the second WNV case for the county this year.

A 5-year-old mare had onset of clinical signs of West Nile virus on September 24 and was euthanized. She was the first WNV case for Citrus County and the seventh for the state of Florida this year.

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

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