First Va. Case of Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

August 17, 2010

Virginia has recorded its first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2010.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Monday that it confirmed an 18-month-old female mustang from Suffolk had the disease. The horse was euthanized July 26.

Eight cases were confirmed in 2009, most in the Tidewater area.

The disease is mostly transmitted by mosquitoes.

Owners are advised to get their horses vaccinated, use insect repellants, remove standing water and keep animals away from areas with lots of mosquitoes, especially around dawn and dusk.

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