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Several Wisconsin Horses Test Positive for EEE
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/11/2017

Wisconsin has recorded several cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this fall. State animal health officials say horses from Clark, Shawano, Monroe and Juneau Counties have tested positive for the disease.

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.

Last year, over a dozen EEE cases have been confirmed in the state.

The state health department says no EEE cases in humans have been reported in Wisconsin since 2011, which was only the second case known to have occurred since 1984.

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