Fourth Michigan Horse Tests Positive for EEE

Horses have tested positive in three Michigan counties.

Fourth Michigan Horse Tests Positive for EEE
Mosquitoes that feed on EEE-infected birds can transmit the virus to humans, horses, and other birds. | Photo: iStock

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) confirmed on Aug. 20 that four horses in three Michigan counties (Barry, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph) tested positive for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE).

The Barry County case, an unvaccinated yearling Arabian filly, presented with an elevated temperature on Aug. 13 and was euthanized Aug. 14.

The affected horse in Kalamazoo County, an unvaccinated 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare, showed clinical signs including recumbency (down and unable to rise) and seizures and was euthanized on Aug.

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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