EEE Strikes South Carolina; Georgia and Florida Continue to Log Cases

Veterinarians are scrambling to keep up with the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases emerging in the southeastern United States. Since the beginning of June, South Carolina has had 17 confirmed equine cases, with about 25 pending confirmation. Florida’s EEE case count is up to 113 this year, and Georgia has 30.

In 2002, South Carolina had five equine cases of EEE, Florida had 25, and

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Veterinarians are scrambling to keep up with the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases emerging in the southeastern United States. Since the beginning of June, South Carolina has had 17 confirmed equine cases, with about 25 pending confirmation. Florida’s EEE case count is up to 113 this year, and Georgia has 30.

In 2002, South Carolina had five equine cases of EEE, Florida had 25, and Georgia had six.

Venaye P. Reece, DVM, equine programs coordinator and state animal emergency response coordinator with South Carolina’s state veterinarian’s office, said, “We’ve been due a high Eastern (equine encephalitis) year. It tends to be cyclic–it runs in 10-year cycles. Our last big year was 1991. We’re getting clobbered.”

Reece said that the actual number of EEE cases is always higher than the number of reported and confirmed cases. She said that almost none of the sick horses were vaccinated, or they were not current on their vaccinations

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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