Eastern Equine Encephalitis Found in Georgia Horse

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
Another case of Encephalitis is found in a Georgia horse.

(Associated Press Photo) The number of horses infected with the deadly and contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 continues to grow.

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) -- Health officials have recorded the fourth case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse in south Georgia this year.

WALB-TV (http://bit.ly/LsPpoT ) reports that the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed the case in a horse in Lanier County.

Public information officer Coutney Sheeley says the mosquito-borne disease is not transmitted from horse to horse or from horse to human. The health department reports that most people bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease will not become sick, but those who are infected will usually show symptoms in three to 10 days. They include a sudden fever, muscle pains, and headaches. The most severe cases can include seizures and a coma.
Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/

AP-WF-07-02-12 2030GMT

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    I'm really not surprised. One summer I saw a deer covered by mosquitos, it would run and jump, scratch with it's foot. They have no where to get out of the mosquito's. Horses just stand out in the open and get eat up.Cattle get bit also.Any kind of out side animal just has to endure all those mosquito's.
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