WNV-Positive Florida Horse Also had EEE

Officials reported June 30 that the horse from Osceola County appears to have been infected with both viruses.
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Florida animal health officials have confirmed that horse that tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) earlier this week has also tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported June 30.

The EDCC said the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services reported one EEE- positive horse with illness onset of June 22 in Osceola County. The horse was euthanized for humane reasons the same day.

“This is the same horse reported earlier this week with WNV infection and it would appear that the horse had a co-infection with both viruses,” the EDCC statement said.

This is the eighth equine EEE statewide in 2016 and the second for Osceola County, the EDCC reported

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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