A deadly case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) was confirmed in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, on August 3. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture confirmed the EEE in a 16-year-old Paint horse. The horse died after contracting the virus.
“If your horses exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately,” recommended North Carolina State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes. “And if your horses aren’t vaccinated, talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating them as soon as possible against EEE and West Nile virus.”
You can receive alerts about disease outbreaks from the Equine Disease Communication Center, which 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.