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VIENNA — Tests found 28 mosquitoes collected in the northwestern Oneida County town of Vienna carried a virus potentially deadly to both humans and horses, the Oneida County Health Department said this morning.
The mosquitoes tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), last reported in the county four years ago. At that time, the death of a pony was attributed to EEE, resulting in the aerial spraying of a 5-mile radius around the farm where the animal died.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a disease of concern for the Florida horse community. The state averages over 70 reported cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) each year. In years when conditions favor the spread of the EEE, the number of reported cases can exceed 200, with over 90% of affected horses dying.
EEE is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of many species of animals but is most often detected in birds and horses. The disease is transmitted to horses, and sometimes humans, by mosquitoes that have become infected after feeding on birds, which are circulating the virus. This is known as the mosquito/bird transmission cycle. It is important to remember that the virus is not transmitted directly from an infected horse to other horses or people.
Originally posted by KrillsAngelWings
reply to post by getreadyalready
Thank you for this! On my way to search n read up as much as i can on this.
[edit on 6-8-2010 by KrillsAngelWings]