Fifth Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis In North Central Florida
Published July 3rd, 2014
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - A fifth horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, in North Central Florida. Three horses from Marion County and two from Alachua County have contracted the infection this year.
Triple E is a contagious infection that is spread by mosquitoes and can affect both horses and humans. The symptoms usually appear 4 to 10 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.
Craig Ackerman with the Marion County Health Department said, "Say like a mild case of the flu or fever but for some people if the virus infects the nervous system, it can be very serious."
Ackerman says the best precaution you can take is to drain standing water and use insect repellant.
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