Horse Tests Positive for EEE in Brooks County, GA

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WCTV.TV — MAY 22, 2013 — The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed one positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse found in Brooks County. This is the first positive case of EEE found in a horse in South Georgia this year.

EEE is the inflammation or swelling of the brain caused by the eastern equine encephalitis virus. EEE is regarded as one of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The EEE virus is transmitted to humans and horses through the bite of an infected mosquito; however, the illness is rare in humans. The EEE virus normally only circulates between birds and mosquitoes in swampy areas. EEE is not transmitted from person to person, horse to horse or horse to human.

For more information on EEE or any other mosquito-borne disease visit www.cdc.gov or call the South Health District at 333-5290.