Unvaccinated South Carolina Yearling Euthanized After Contracting EEE

This is the first reported case of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis in the state for 2019.
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Unvaccinated South Carolina Yearling Euthanized After Contracting EEE
A viral disease, EEE affects the central nervous system and is transmitted to equids by infected mosquitoes. | Photo: iStock

Veterinarians have euthanized a yearling colt in South Carolina after he contracted Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), according to the Equine Disease Communication Center. Clemson Livestock Poultry Health, which oversees animal health in the state, reported the horse had not been vaccinated to protect against the disease. This is the first case of EEE in South Carolina for 2019.

What is EEE?

EEE is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted to equids by infected mosquitoes.

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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