Fifth and Sixth EEE Cases in NC
Story Date: 10/25/2017

EEE Cases Five and Six in NC Confirmed  
The NC Department of Agriculture has received two laboratory reports confirming the fifth and sixth positive cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for 2017 in a 6-year old mare pony located in Bladen County, North Carolina and a 5-year old gelding American Quarter Horse in Camden County, North Carolina. The animals had no vaccination history.

EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination.

EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death. Once a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito, it may take three to 10 days for signs of the disease to appear.

“If your horses exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately,” said State Veterinarian Doug Meckes. “And if your horses aren’t vaccinated, talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating them as soon as possible against EEE and West Nile virus.”

The vaccinations initially require two shots, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. A booster shot is recommended every six months in North Carolina because of the state’s prolonged mosquito season.


NC Veterinary Medical Association
1611 Jones Franklin Road, Suite 108
Raleigh, NC 27606-3376
Tel: (800) 446-2862 / (919) 851-5850
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