Monday, October 29, 2007

Poor horsey...

Sad...It looks like a few unlucky horses, 24 to be exact, have fallen ill in Indiana just this past week. The horses are infected with the mosquito-borne viral infection eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which causes permanent CNS damage in horses. Officials are on alert because EEE is capable of infecting both horses and humans. These 24 cases are spread out over the state, occurrining in 17 different counties. Experts say that these cases of EEE demonstrate the widest dispersion of the viral infection in the state over recent years, including regions other than the usual Northwestern corners. Officials expect to see even more cases of EEE as the season continues, at least until freezing temperatures manage to kill off the pesty vector.


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