Virginia records third case of eastern equine encephalitis

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia has its third confirmed case of eastern equine encephalitis this year.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 19-week-old Racking filly from Chesapeake had not been vaccinated. The horse was euthanized Sept. 24 due to the severity of the illness.

The other cases of eastern equine encephalitis this year also involved horses from Chesapeake.

The disease has a mortality rate of 80 percent. Eastern equine encephalitis typically is transmitted by mosquitoes.

The state veterinarian encourages horse owners to work with their veterinarians to arrange a vaccination schedule.

Virginia had one reported case of encephalitis in a horse last year.

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