Eastern Equine Encephalitis now confirmed in four Eastern Carolina counties

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - State officials now say that Eastern Equine Encephalitis has shown up in four Eastern Carolina counties, the latest in Carteret County.

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Four horses and a donkey have either died or euthanized because of EEE. Two of those horses were in Onslow County, and one each in Carteret, Craven, and Duplin counties.

The Duplin County case was a donkey which was put down on July 30th.

The Carteret County Department of Human Services announced yesterday that an 8-year-old mare was euthanized after contracting the virus.

Health officials say that EEE is spread by mosquito bite and can infect humans as well as horses.

A sixth EEE case has been reported in Richmond County. “Last year we didn’t reach six cases of EEE in the state until October,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The excess rain this year, or just an increase in mosquito population, could be attributing to the early onset of cases."

Health officials encourage horse owners to take this opportunity to speak with their veterinarian to make sure their horses have been fully vaccinated.

While there is a vaccine for horses to protect against EEE, there is no vaccine for people.


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A third Eastern Carolina horse has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The Carteret County Department of Human Services says that an 8-year-old mare was euthanized after contracting the EEE virus.

Two Onslow County horses owned by the same person died in July after becoming infected.

Health officials say that EEE is spread by mosquito bite and can infect humans as well as horses.

Health officials encourage horse owners to take this opportunity to speak with their veterinarian to make sure their horses have been fully vaccinated. There is a vaccine for horses to protect against EEE.

Another case in the state was reported in Richmond County earlier this year.