Mosquitoes have done their damage in North Carolina this year. To make matters worse, moquitoes have struck down yet another horse with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
The deadly mosquitoes that are infected with EEE have made the most of the hot, wet weather of this year’s early summer. The conditions enabled the insects to produced major numbers of mosquitoes and deadly microbes.
In 2012, a total of ten horses had succumbed to EEE at this time of year. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s report, this year 12 horses have already died of EEE.
Dr. Tom Ray of NCDA said,
If the number of confirmed, reported cases has hit 12, there are likely four or five times that many that aren’t reported. It’s been a big year for EEE.
The latest horse to die of EEE was a Quarter Horse gelding in Bladen County. The experts note that earlier in the year, there were seven horses that died in close sequence to each other. Their deaths were followed by no activity at all but now there is a renewed escalation of horse deaths that may not stop until a heavy, killing frost occurs.
Residents are advised that EEE is present in North Carolina in mosquito populations. They bite voraciously at this time of year. Precautions should be taken to avoid a possible deadly bite from a mosquito.
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