Seven Cases of EEE Confirmed in SC

According to an Associated Press story in The Post And Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, Clemson University tests show that Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has killed four horses in Berkley County, S.C., during the past several weeks.

A donkey in Dorchester County and another horse in Georgetown County have tested positive for the disease. Another case has been confirmed, but details on that animal were not available.

Residents believed the neurologic illness was West Nile virus (WNV) before receiving test results. The mortality rate for EEE in horses is higher than that of WNV. The Southeast is having a difficult year fighting EEE--at least 80 Cases have been detected in Florida (compared to 25 in 2002), and at least nine have been confirmed in Georgia.

Venaye P. Reece, DVM, Clemson University’s equine programs coordinator and the state animal emergency response coordinator, was interviewed for the article. She said that EEE runs in 10-year cycles, and the last peak was in 1991. "We are due one of those spike years," she said.

 

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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