Eight Massachusetts Horses Positive for EEE

Horses from five counties are affected.

Eight Massachusetts Horses Positive for EEE
Mosquitoes that feed on EEE-infected birds can transmit the virus to humans, horses, and other birds. | Photo: iStock

On Sept. 9, the Massachusetts Health and Human Services (MHHS) announced eight confirmed cases of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE).

The affected horses came from five counties:

  1. Essex (town of Methuen, with onset of clinical signs Aug. 22);
  2. Hampshire (Granby, onset of clinical signs Aug. 8);
  3. Middlesex (Holliston, onset of clinical signs Aug. 23);
  4. Norfolk (Medfield, onset of clinical signs Aug. 24); and
  5. Worcester (Uxbridge, Brookfield, and Douglas, onset of clinical signs Aug. 16, 22, and 27).

Michael Cahill, director of the Division of Animal Health (DAH) at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), said none of the horses were vaccinated against EEE, and all were

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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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