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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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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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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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Bad Year For Bites: West Nile Confirmed In Additional AZ Mosquitoes

Phoenix was recently ranked as the 11th worst city for mosquitoes in 2019, with a significant increase in the mosquito population in the West Valley this year compared to 2018. Additionally, there is a significant increase in the number of mosquitoes that are carrying West Nile Virus. Thus far in 2019, there have been 68 […]

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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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Tell No Tales: Why Horses Swish Their Tails So Rapidly

Most people think the purpose of a horse’s tail is to keep bugs at bay — but it took a recent study from a mechanical engineer to understand how. David Hu, associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and graduate student Marguerite Matherne investigated the role of a horse’s tail to determine if horses use […]

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Mare

A Standardbred mare in Green Lake County, Wisc., has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The 11-year-old was unvaccinated and had shown signs of being off on Nov. 2. Her symptoms became progressively worse and included ataxia and muscle twitching. A veterinarian was called on Nov. 9. The mare was tested for West Nile, which […]

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Can Horses Get The Zika Virus?

According to Dr. J Scott Weese, an associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in Canada, there is currently no evidence that the Zika virus can infect horses. A mosquito-borne virus, Zika has thus far only been found in humans and nonhuman primates. Related to West Nile […]

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Product Controls Mosquitoes That Carry West Nile, Zika And Other Diseases

A product commonly used by horse farms to treat small bodies of water on their property to control disease-carrying mosquitoes is quickly becoming one of North America’s strongest weapons against the Zika virus. Mosquito Denial, which is made in Fort Wayne, Indiana, prevents reproduction of mosquitoes that lay their eggs in stagnant water. Mosquitoes can […]

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Bite Me: Kentucky Mosquitoes Pose A Threat Despite Late Spring Freezes

More than 50 species of mosquitoes call Kentucky home, and each specie has a range of breeding sites and survival strategies. Some thrive when above-normal rainfall creates temporary water retention areas; others develop in stagnant water during dry periods. Many mosquito species spend the winter as freeze-resistant eggs that can survive prolonged cold conditions. A […]

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