EEE Strikes Three More Michigan Horses – TheHorse.com

Health Alert: EEE, WEE, VEE (Video )Eastern equine encephalomyelitis is brought on by the Eastern horse sleeping sickness infection, for which wild birds are a natural reservoir. Mosquitoes that eat EEE-infected birds can transfer the virus to people, horses, and other birds. Horses do not establish high enough levels of these viruses in their blood to be infectious to other animals or humans. Since of the high death rate in horses and humans, EEE is considered one of the most severe mosquito-borne diseases in the United States.

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The St. Joseph County horses include a 5-year-old Standardbred mare and a 3-year-old Belgian mare, both of which were reported as first and unvaccinated began revealing scientific signs on Oct. 1. The Allegan County horse, a 24-year-old unvaccinated Arabian-cross mare, also revealed clinical signs starting Oct. 1, consisting of ataxia (incoordination), inappetence, and strolling in circles. Health Alert: EEE, WEE, VEE (Video )Eastern equine encephalomyelitis is caused by the Eastern horse sleeping sickness infection, for which wild birds are a natural reservoir. Mosquitoes that feed on EEE-infected birds can send the virus to human beings, horses, and other birds. Horses do not establish high sufficient levels of these viruses in their blood to be infectious to other animals or people.

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