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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