The state of South Carolina has 25 confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) to date.
State veterinarian and director Dr. Boyd Parr of Clemson University Livestock Poultry has announced these new cases. Initially, only the June 28 case was announced with another seven cases confirmed this past week. The total EEE diagnosed cases for South Carolina are now 25 but thus far, no cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been announced. Both EEE and WNV mosquito-borne illnesses can affect human.
The confirmed EEE cases in South Carolina have been identified as follows:
- Horry County – ten
- Charleston County – three
- Sumter Country – three
- Marion County – two
- Barnwell County – one
- Berkeley County – one
- Clarendon County – one
- Colleton County – one
- Lee County – one
- Williamsburg County – one
Plans are to post updates about EEE and WNV on the Clemson Livestock Poultry Health Facebook page.
During the 2012 year, South Carolina had fourteen EEE cases and seven WNV cases.
Dr. Parr says,
These diagnoses are a vivid reminder of the threat that mosquito-borne diseases represent to horses in our state. Maintaining protection by vaccinating horses is very important this year.
Any livestock (including horses) that display neurologic signs (stumbling, circling, head pressing, depression or apprehension) must be reported to the state veterinarian at 803-788-2260 within 48 hours, according to the state law.
Horse owners in South Carolina are advised to contact their veterinaries to be certain their horses’ vaccinations for EEE and WNV are current.
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