EEE in North Carolina Horses, Owners Urged to Vaccinate

Officials have confirmed six cases of EEE in North Carolina horses residing in Richmond, Onslow, Duplin, Craven, and Carteret counties.
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EEE in North Carolina horses
People, horses, and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases. | Photo: iStock

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently confirmed a sixth case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) for 2018.

In the last month there have been confirmed cases of EEE in North Carolina horses residing in Richmond, Onslow, Duplin, Craven, and Carteret counties. In all cases, the equids had vaccination records or were not vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.

“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

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