EEE: Two Horses Confirmed in Georgia

Just one week after the Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner announced a spike in Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases, the Georgia Division of Public Health has confirmed two positive cases of EEE in horses found in Brooks County on July 8. So far, these are the only EEE cases reported in Georgia this year.

EEE is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted to horses by infected mosquitoes. Horse owners are strongly encouraged to vaccinate against mosquito-bourne diseases like EEE and West Nile virus (WNV). Georgia has seen confirmed human cases of WNV in Dougherty and Clayton County already this year, but there are no reports of horses confirmed with WNV.

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Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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