More Cases of Triple E Reported in Marion Co., Horse Owners on High Alert
Two more horses have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Marion County, raising the county's total of infected horses to seven.
All seven of the horses died or had to be euthanized.
County health officials say this year has been an especially active year for the mosquito borne virus.
This year's total of infected horses has now surpassed last year's total of six.
"The virus is everywhere, so just because you're not in one of the areas where a horse has tested positive doesn't mean you're safe from the illness," said Craig Ackerman with the Florida Department of Health of Marion County.
Horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate their horses against Triple E and use insect repellant on them daily.
Also, make sure all water troughs are clean and all standing water is drained.
Humans can also contract Triple E, so bug spray, long sleeves and pants are good way to avoid being bitten.
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