Equine Encephalitis

A disease that killed a nine-year-old Okaloosa County boy last year has struck again.

This time, a nine-year-old boy in Highland's County, Florida has been diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Highlands County is midway between Sarasota and Fort Pierce.

Officials said the youngster is recovering.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which is carried by mosquitoes, has killed horses in nine Florida counties so far this year.

Health officials fear that the virus will spread quickly now that the rainy season is in full swing, leaving much standing water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in.

West Nile Virus, which is also carried by mosquitoes, has also shown up in Florida this year.