First EEE Case in Alabama

According to a July 3 report from the Mobile Register, a horse in Baldwin County, Ala. died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in late June. This was Alabama's first case of EEE for 2004.

EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that causes clinical signs much like those seen with West Nile virus infection, including behavioral changes, ataxia, loss of muscle mass, diminished energy level, and weak hind limbs. For more information on EEE, see the EEE section under Infectious/Contagious Diseases at www.

In the summer of 2003, EEE reached epidemic proportions in at least nine states, with Florida being most affected (more than 200 EEE cases detected last year in that state). Reports of EEE cases have also surfaced in Florida and Virginia in 2004. In Florida, 19 cases were detected by July 24, and Virginia's first case was reported July 26.

About the Author

Kelly Gage

Kelly Gage, a graduate of University of Kentucky in 2006, was the 2004 summer intern for The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She now is a partner at Team EnGaged and competes FEI Dressage.

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