Horse in Old Brookville tests positive for rare mosquito-borne virus

A horse in Old Brookville that was put down for brain disease tested positive Monday for a rare, deadly mosquito-borne virus that affects people and animals.

Nassau County health officials say this is the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the county. However, they say there is no need to panic. The veterinarian on the case says the pregnant former race horse suffered from symptoms of brain disease.

Health experts say the mosquito-borne virus is similar to West Nile virus. They say the difference is these mosquitoes can be found in swampy areas. The county plans to spray later in the week to kill the mosquitoes carrying the disease. Meanwhile, health officials urge all residents to take the usual precautions, such as wearing bug repellant and avoiding outdoor activities at dawn and dusk.

Related Links: Facts About Eastern Equine Encephalitis CDC Information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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