2016 EEE Case Counts on the Rise in Several States

The current equine case counts stand at one in North Carolina, five in South Carolina, and 11 in Florida.

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Animal health officials from several states have reported that they’ve confirmed additional Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases in horses.

In North Carolina, officials announced July 1 that a Quarter Horse from Pitt County has died after contracting EEE. The horse exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression, and inability to stand or eat. This is the first reported case of EEE in a North Carolina horse this year.

Meanwhile, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported that animal health officials in Florida and South Carolina had confirmed additional equine EEE cases.

In Florida, the EDCC said, two horses—one in Washington County and one in Polk County—tested positive for EEE on July 1. An additional Jefferson County horse tested positive on July 5

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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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