Horse Euthanized After Contracting Mosquito-Borne Disease

A four-year-old horse in Halifax County had to be euthanized after contracting the state's first reported case of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis this year.

Triple E, as the disease is called, is a mosquito-borne disease. It's preventable in horses by yearly vaccination, and experts are sounding the alert.

“The number of reported EEE cases fluctuates each year,” said State Veterinarian David Marshall. “Late summer to early fall is peak mosquito season in North Carolina, and this is right on schedule for us to start seeing cases.”

According to the state, "North Carolina had 6 reported EEE cases in 2010, 23 in 2009 and 13 in 2008. It is estimated that for every reported case, four or more cases go unreported. There was one case last year of West Nile virus, another mosquito-borne disease that affects equine."

Officials report "people, horses and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases, but there is no evidence that horses can transmit the virus to other horses, birds or people through direct contact."


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  • by okayheregoes Location: Washington on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    Jessica, I heard about your story from the Facebook group I am in... one of the members is another friend of the family. I am so sorry for the family's loss... it is a truly scary disease.
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      by Jessica on Aug 22, 2011 at 05:34 PM in reply to okayheregoes
      It is truely scary since it's hard to test for. Maggie was a wonderful little girl and I got the pleasure of being with her the Thursday before she got ill. The benefit my sister, my best friend and myself put together showed how much they were loved! I just hope they spray before someone gets bit down here. No one should have to go through that!
  • by Jessica Location: Choco on Aug 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    My sister's best friend little girl just passed away from getting the Triple E virus in upstate NY. She was going to be five last tuesday. They need to start spraying before it gets out of control. I have to say I'm suprised it's here as the conditions are so dry. Lets hope it doesn't get out of contorl down here. I'd hate for it to take a persons life.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    I know some liberal dumb-o-crats who have contracted this disease.
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      by Loris on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM in reply to pete
      That's another dumd thing I've read here. Why can't people just talk about the article.
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      by scarlett on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:03 PM in reply to pete
      this is political? are you dim-witted?
  • by sucked dry Location: hyde co. on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    this is a concern to me,i live in engelhard and i cant walk out of house without being bit before i step of porch. they spray everyday but its like the mosquitos love it seems like there is more everyday. when will they start doing something about these pest tired of being a prisoner in my own house. they swarm your car like zombies in a scary movie. i have small children and they dont even want to play outside because of these pest. if the county of hyde isnt doing to help somebody give me a idea so my family dont have to hide in house.
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      by HYDING on Aug 22, 2011 at 11:47 AM in reply to sucked dry
      I live in Fairfield and it is the same here.Poor kids when school starts and have to wait for the bus.
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      by Mr skeeter on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:33 PM in reply to sucked dry
      So you say the county is spraying, but then say Hyde county needs to do something? Exactly what do you expect them to do? Spraying for mosquitoes just does not eliminate them. You live near a huge area of marsh. You have to accept that mosquitoes are part of that habitat.
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