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Horse in Waupaca County Tests Positive for EEE
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/19/2016

Wisconsin has recorded its third horse to become infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year. State animal health officials say a middle-aged Haflinger gelding from Waupaca County tested positive for the disease after it was found lying down with neurologic signs on September 6. The animal had not been vaccinated and has since been euthanized.

EEE is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, and may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, and is fatal to horses in 90 percent of cases. Symptoms in horses include depression, appetite loss, drooping eyelids and lower lip, fever, weakness, twitching, paralysis or lack of coordination, aimless wandering, circling and blindness.

The virus is not contagious between horses, but can be carried by mosquitos from an avian, or bird, host to horses and humans.

The state health department says no EEE cases in humans have been reported in Wisconsin since 2011.

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