Horse euthanized after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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A horse has been euthanized after contracting a case of mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Carteret County.

The Department of Human Services tells Nine On Your Side that the horse was an eight-year-old mare.

This is the third horse in Eastern North Carolina to die from the virus this year.

No human cases of EEE have been identified in North Carolina this year.

EEE virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Disease transmission does not occur directly from person to person. Anyone in an area where the virus is circulating can get infected with EEE virus. The risk is highest for people who live or visit woodland habitats, and people who work outside or participate in outdoor recreational activities, because of greater exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes.

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