SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A horse from Suffolk that recently died tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
It’s the first case of EEE in a horse this year, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
EEE is a mosquito-borne illness that causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. It has an 80 to 90 percent mortality rate. When an infected mosquito bites the horse, it usually takes three to ten days for symptoms to appear. Some signs of the disease include impaired vision, aimless wandering and the inability to swallow.
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