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Third Animal In A Week Tests Positive For Dangerous Virus


By Eames Yates
May 30, 2013

Lowndes County, GA

So far this week three animals in South Georgia have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, known as EEE. Two of the animals are horses which are at the highest risk.

Edna Cooper operates Shiloh Stables. She said "You look like you've got a horse that's on drugs. I mean literally they look dizzy and to the point that they just can't get up anymore."

The virus is spread through mosquito. So far it's just been animals, but humans can catch it too. Which could lead to seizures or a coma.

Elsie Napier is the Southern Health District Deputy Director. She said "there is not a cure for EEE. The physicians will usually treat symptomatically so prevention again is the best threshold we have."

Edna Cooper's horses have never tested positive for EEE for two reasons: horse vaccinations and changing its water regularly which can often mean the difference between life and death. As for humans, it's crucial not to ignore the signs.

Napier went on to say "You really need to call a doctor if you begin to feel ill after being bitten by a mosquito, if you begin to develop any symptoms such as onset of sudden fever, muscle weakness, headache, those type things."

The Southern Health District emphasized checking your screens to make sure there's no holes that mosquitoes can get in. Also using Deet bug spray if you're going to be outside for a while.


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