The second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in New Jersey. The affected horse, a 12-year-old gelding that lived in Camden County, was unvaccinated for the disease; he was euthanized on Aug. 27.
Spread by mosquitoes, horses that are vaccinated are much less likely to contract the disease. The fatality rate is 90 percent or better in affected horses and there is no effective treatment.
EEE causes inflammation of the brain; affected horses may have a fever, muscle twitches and a staggering gait. Horses that contract EEE will go down and be unable to rise; they typically die within three days after the onset of clinical signs.
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