EEE and West Nile Virus Cases Continue to Climb

A total of 203 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in the United States this year according to the USDA's National Animal Health Surveillance System as of Sept. 12.

West Nile virus (WNV) cases continue to climb slowly, now standing at 75.

As of our last report on Sept. 3, there were 193 cases of EEE and 64 cases of WNV reported in the United States.

Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and North Carolina all have double-digit cases of EEE reported.

Washington state reports the highest number of West Nile virus cases at 23.

Horse owners should consult with their veterinarians about vaccinating their horses against these diseases, especially if you live in an area with plentiful rainfall that could mean higher mosquito numbers. Mosquitos spread both of these diseases.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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