Eastern Encephalitis Cases Logged in Florida

Florida Agriculture officials confirmed today (Aug. 21) that15 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been logged so far in 2006. Of those, only one horse was recorded as current on its EEE vaccination; the vaccination status on most of the horses was unknown.

The affected horses were in 11 different counties: Alachua, Columbia, Duval, Glades, Jefferson, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Polk, Santa Rosa. There is a suspect case in Volusia County, but that illness has not been confirmed. Nine of the EEE cases died or were euthanized, five survived, and the status of one horse is unknown

Two EEE cases have been detected in August--one in Alachua County and the other in Columbia County.

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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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