18 Louisiana Horses Confirmed Positive For EEE Or WNV

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) confirmed on Aug. 20 that since June 5, 18 horses in that state have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), one of which also tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

“Most cases (all but three) have been in July and August, since it’s been so wet in Louisiana,” said Assistant Louisiana State Veterinarian Diane Stacy, DVM. “This is a bad year so far, but the worst was in 2012, when by this time we had 14 positive West Nile virus and 26 positive Eastern equine encephalitis horses, with a total of 84 West Nile virus and 60 Eastern equine encephalitis cases for the entire year. That was the year Tropical Storm Isaac inundated Louisiana with rain and flooding.”



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