3 Horses In NC Contract EEE, 2 Of Them Are From Beaufort County

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Two horses in Beaufort County were the first to test positive this year for Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, State Veterinarian Dr. David Marshall announced Thursday. The unvaccinated horses were treated by a veterinarian and euthanized within the past two weeks after presenting symptoms of EEE.

The disease is spread through mosquitos.

A third horse was confirmed positive for EEE in Columbus County and was put down.

State officials have seen a decline in equine EEE cases the last few years, but they caution equine owners to continue the vaccination protocol against these potentially fatal diseases because the diseases are historically cyclical in nature, with years of few reported cases followed by years with widespread disease.

There is also speculation that several years of drought kept mosquitoes - and mosquito-borne diseases - at bay, so this year's wetter weather could bring more mosquitoes.

Symptoms of EEE, also known as "equine sleeping sickness," include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death.

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  • by Me on Aug 1, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    There is no cure for humans - Only for horses.
  • by Anonymous Location: eastern NC on Jul 25, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    The location was Washington. I would like to mention that the horses were vaccinated with a generic brand which did not cover the horses from the strain of EEE they contracted. Fort Dodge is the only brand that will. All horse owners should talk with there Vet to see what they use.
  • by MLH Location: Greenville on Jul 24, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    Mr. T: Humans can contact Triple E and it is fatal, but it is very rare
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    My heart goes out to the owners of the horss on your loss. Right now they will probably try to cure it in humans, but once obamacare starts, you will probably be give pill that cost under 10 cents each to make. Have to remember go with the least expensive treatment regardless of outcome.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    So if humans get it, are they euthanized too?If it can be cured in humans, why can't horses be cured?
  • by coldkitten Location: Bath on Jul 23, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Would like to know where in Beaufort County the horses were.

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