Decline in EEE, But Increase in West Nile

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Experts say Florida's 178 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses is seven times higher than last year's cases, but the state's public health veterinarian says Florida's virus activity may be showing signs of change.

Last week for the first time, Florida health officials recorded a smaller number of new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses than in previous weeks.

However, while there appears to be fewer cases of encephalitis, the number of reported cases of West Nile virus is going up. Officials say as a result of the increase of West Nile in birds and animals, Floridians should not let their guard down.

They urge people to take precautions at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants and sleeves when outdoors during those hours, use mosquito repellants and make sure there isn't any sitting water around your house where mosquitoes can breed.