2019: Significant Increases In EEE Cases In Horses And Humans

In 2019, there was a marked rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in both horses and humans. Last year, human cases of EEE were five times higher than average, with the most cases occurring in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and North Carolina during August and September. It’s not clear what caused the […]

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Additional EEE Case In Michigan; Aerial Spraying Continues

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed in an additional horse in St. Joseph County, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. To help combat the disease, which is carried by mosquitoes, more than 328,000 acres have been sprayed with insecticide dropped from planes. The most-recent equine case of EEE presented with symptoms on […]

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Massachusetts SPCA Launches Emergency Clinic For EEE Vaccines

Seven horses that tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts were euthanized this month and officials say none of them had been vaccinated for the mosquito-carried disease. The infected horses were in Brookfield, Granby, Holliston, Medfield, Mendon, Methuen and Uxbridge counties. In response to this, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty […]

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EEE In Florida: 18 Horses Dead

At least 18 horses in Florida have been euthanized because of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), reports the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These following counties have been affected since February 2019: Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Columbia, Desoto, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Levy, Madison, Palm Beach, Pasco, Putnam and Washington. The following counties had horses that […]

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More Florida Horses Positive For EEE; 18 Horses Officially Diagnosed In 2019

Six horses have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Florida, raising the total to 18 confirmed cases in the state this year. From Osceola, Holmes, Suwannee and Washington counties, five of the newly diagnosed horses were euthanized and one is recovering, reports The Horse. The six horses recently confirmed with EEE include an […]

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Mosquitoes: More Than Just A Nuisance

Mosquitoes are annoying, but they’re more than just a nuisance—they can carry diseases that harm the neurologic system of both horses and humans. The diseases that affect both horses and humans include: West Nile virus (WNV) Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) Western equine encephalitis (WEE) Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) West Nile Virus (WNV) does not always […]

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Spring Strategies For Equine Wellness

Most horses begin “spring training” with a visit from their veterinarian. These trips generally involve spring vaccinations, dental exams and the completion of a Coggins test and a health certificate. The vet will also give the horse a thorough once over, evaluating the horse’s general body condition and health, as well as soundness. Many horses […]

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Zoetis Donates Vaccines To ASPCA Help A Horse Home Contestants 

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced an exciting partnership with Zoetis US LLC to reduce the medical costs for the agencies participating in the annual Help a Horse Home: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge. Zoetis will donate their new vaccine CORE EQ Innovator™ for every equine adopted during the two-month […]

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Chickens Aid Researchers In Determining Origin Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Researchers say that chickens in Florida have helped them identify a rare, mosquito-borne disease and how it spreads northward. It was determined that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) originates in the Florida panhandle and has spread as far North as Nova Scotia, Canada. Because of Florida’s mild climate, the disease, which affects horses and humans, […]

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