New Hampshire Horse Dead of EEE

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Services announced today that a horse in Kensington has died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

"EEE is a serious disease and, as with humans, the key is to take precautions," said Jason Stull, DVM, MPVM, public health veterinarian. "While there is no vaccine for EEE in humans, there is one for horses. We urge all horse owners to make sure their animals are up to date on vaccinations, prevent mosquito bites through the use of veterinary-approved products, and to consult a veterinarian if their horses are displaying any symptoms."

This year, in addition to the horse in Kensington, New Hampshire has had one confirmed human case of EEE in a Newton resident and two positive mosquito pools, in Newton and Brentwood.

Questions about Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, or bird surveillance can be answered by calling the Department's toll-free West Nile virus/Eastern equine encaphalitis information line at 866/273-NILE (6453) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by checking their Web site at www.dhhs.nh.gov.  

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