The first confirmed case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in 2015 has been confirmed in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
The viral disease infects horses via a bite by an infected mosquito and affects a horse's central nervous system. Symptoms come about quickly and can include sensitivity to sound, restlessness, fever, depression, lack of appetite, central nervous-related symptoms, blindness and seizures.
Fatality occurs in 45-80% of all EEE cases within 2 to 4 days of diagnosis. Horses who survive the infection may have permanent effects related to the disease, including neurological issues.
Read more at The Horse.
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