Deceased Florida Horse Tests Positive for EEE

The state’s tally of confirmed equine EEE cases this year reaches 21.
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Deceased Florida Horse Tests Positive for EEE
This case mark’s Florida's 21st confirmed case of equine EEE in 2020. | Photo: iStock

Officials at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have confirmed that a deceased horse from a private facility in Alachua County tested positive for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE).

The 2-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, who was vaccinated for EEE on Aug. 25, showed clinical signs that consisted of fever, depression, listlessness, incoordination, head pressing, aimless wandering, and hind-end weakness before passing away.

This case mark’s Florida’s 21st confirmed case of equine EEE in 2020

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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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