PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – North Carolina's third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for 2013 has been reported in connection to the death of a Pender County stallion July 19, according to a spokesperson for the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
EEE is described as rare disease that attacks the central nervous system and causes inflammation of the brain. It can kill both animals and humans, but can't be transmitted between humans.
The first two cases were confirmed in Cumberland and Brunswick counties this month.
Wild birds are often hosts for the virus, which is spread when mosquitoes bite those birds and transmit it to animals and humans.
Horse owners are urged to check with their vets to ensure that their horses are properly vaccinated for EEE and West Nile Virus.