The State Department of Public Health has reported that eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) mosquitoes have made one more horse fall ill. This was the third Plympton horse in the State who has fallen under the trap of EEE in this year; and with this, three more population pools have also been detected positive for this fatal virus, in Plympton and Halifax.
There had been other horses from Middleboro and Warren who were detected with this brain-swelling sickness because of EEE. Also, the first two horses that were attacked by EEE had to be euthanized, but this third one has survived and his showing improvement in its medical conditions, according to Catherine M. Brown, State Public Health Veterinarian.
Since the year 2001, there have been almost 27 horses infected with EEE, and thus it is strongly recommended to get them vaccinations and preventative measures, like eradication properties of stagnant water. The EEE virus attacks the central nervous system of horses and makes them prone to frequent illness.
The State is continuing to make efforts to scuffle with the increasing mosquito populations. In order to keep this lethal virus at bay, they had recently finished with the extensive aerial spraying in many areas of Southeastern Massachusetts with pesticide.
Brown said, “No mosquito control activity can completely eliminate the risk; we can only seek to reduce it. The finding of EEE-infected mosquitoes in an area after the spray was expected. We are hoping that it will remind people that risk still exists and that appropriate precautions should be taken”.