Carteret horse dies from EEE

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

One of two reported cases of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) this year in North Carolina included a horse in Carteret County that was euthanized due to the disease, state officials said.

Two horses have died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past two weeks, state officials have confirmed.

EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Both horses that died were unvaccinated, according to a release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The horses – an 18-month-old Paint from Carteret County and a 3-year-old Quarter horse from Bladen County – exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression and inability to stand or eat, the release said.

The Carteret County horse was euthanized July 21, and the Bladen County horse died Aug. 2.

They are the first reported cases of EEE in horses in North Carolina this year. There were 15 cases reported in North Carolina in 2013.

Earlier this summer, New Hanover County officials reported that the disease was found in a sentinel chicken flock.

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