Horse infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Bay County Health Department is asking residents to guard against mosquito bites after a horse was confirmed to have a mosquito-transmitted disease.

Health officials say the horse was found to be infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) earlier this month. The rare disease is caused by a virus that can be spread to humans by mosquitoes. Officials say EEE can cause inflammation of the brain.

The News Herald of Panama City ( ) reports it is the second case of the virus reported in Bay County this year.

Symptoms of the virus may include fever, headache, fatigue, dizziness and confusion.


Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald,