The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM), has confirmed 2011’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Oneida County, NY. The nine year old mare, who had no history of travel, had not been vaccinated against the virus and subsequently died.

EEE is a brain disease transmitted to equines and humans by infected mosquitoes. Commonly called sleeping sickness or Triple E, the virus boasts a high mortality rate. While the virus cannot spread from horse-to-horse or horse-to-human, NYSDAM says, “The presence of an infected horse in the area indicates that mosquitoes carrying EEE are present and pose a threat to both humans and horses.”

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