Tallahassee, FL - September 13, 2012
Three horses in our area have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Now a vet is speaking on the severity of triple-e (EEE).
Doctor Scott Richardson works at Lakewood Animal Hospital. He says EEE can be a bigger threat to horses than humans and that humans cannot get EEE from a horse. We can only get it from a mosquito. He says when a horse gets it, it's almost always fatal and one-hundred percent preventable.
Scott Richardson, DVM, Lakewood Animal Hospital: "Initially it starts with a fever, 106 degree, the neurological symptoms present such as head pressing, aimless wandering and that presents down to paralysis."
He goes on to say that vaccinations with a check up can cost in the hundreds. While treating EEE for a horse can run an owner thousands, he says it's a painful death, and urges anyone with a horse to keep up with vaccinations.