Jefferson County Horses test positive for Mosquito-borne virus EEE

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 09:31:13-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, FL (WTXL)- Scientists report two horses in Jefferson and Walton Counties have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis or EEE.

The virus was recorded June 19th-25th. EEE is a bacterial infection of the brain.

It's rare, but the virus can spread to humans and can be deadly in infants and the elderly.

No human cases have been reported.

EEEV activity: No human cases of EEEV infection were reported this week. Two horses with EEEV infection were reported this week in Jefferson and Walton Counties. Two sentinel chickens tested positive for antibodies to EEEV this week in Citrus and St. Johns Counties. In 2016, positive samples from 34 sentinel chickens and six horses have been received from 13 counties.

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