NC veterinarians say equine disease can be avoided

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s top veterinarian is urging equine owners to talk to his local colleagues about an effective vaccination protect horses from Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis.

State Veterinarian David Marshall says the EEE and the West Nile vaccinations typically require two initial doses for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. Marshall recommends a booster shot every six months.

Marshall said low-cost vaccinations may have saved six equine that died after contracting EEE. A seventh animal appears to be recovering.

All of the reported cases have been in the southeastern part of the state. There has been one case each in Pender and Brunswick counties and five in Cumberland County. But Marshall cautions that it is important for horse owners across the state to remain on alert.

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