Two Florida Counties Report Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Early July, 2021

Quarter Horse youngsters in Jefferson and Bay Counties in Florida were confirmed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

Quarter Horse youngsters in Jefferson and Bay Counties in Florida were confirmed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). iStock/HagenCD

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Jefferson and Bay Counties.

In Jefferson County, a weanling Quarter Horse filly was confirmed with EEE after having onset of clinical signs on June 27. Those signs included an elevated temperature and incoordination. The filly was affected and alive at the time of this report.

This was the 12th confirmed case of EEE in Florida this year.

A yearling Quarter horse filly in Bay County was confirmed with EEE on July 7. The filly had onset of clinical signs on June 28 that included depression, head pressing and incoordination. She was alive and affected at the time of this report. The filly was noted to be undervaccinated.

The Bay County filly was the 11th confirmed case of EEE for Florida this year.

You can learn more about EEE with this Fact Sheet.

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

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