Eastern Equine Encephalitis reports from Alabama, Florida (2), Louisiana, and Massachusetts. Also West Nile Virus reports from Louisiana and Massachusetts.

 

Sentinel Chickens in Orlando, Florida

Alabama 07/15/10 al.com: by Cassandra Andrews – Mobile – Sentinel chickens in two Mobile area locations have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to Dr. Bernard Eichold, Mobile County’s Health Officer. The chickens were in Chickasabogue Park (ZIP Code 36610) and Wilmer (ZIP Code 36587). The Mobile County Health Department’s Vector Control Department monitors encephalitis in sentinel poultry flocks strategically placed throughout the county to detect the presence of viruses carried by mosquitoes.

Florida 07/18/10 palmbeachpost.com: Tallahassee – North Florida health departments are urging residents to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses.  The Florida Health Department says cases of eastern equine encephalitis have been confirmed in sentinel chickens in Leon County.

Florida 07/13/10 tcpalm.com: The Okeechobee County Health Department says two horses have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Officials say this represents an increased activity of the mosquito-borne illness this summer. 

Louisiana 07/14/10 abc26.com: Baton Rouge – State agriculture officials say a three-year-old mare in St. James Parish was euthanized after tests found Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus in the animal.  Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Baton Rouge confirmed the diseases in the horse on July 12.

Massachusetts 07/17/10 wbztv.com: Halifax – More mosquitoes with eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been found in Plymouth County.  This time they were found in Halifax.  Earlier this week, mosquito samples from Lakeville tested positive for EEE.  Also this week the Department of Health confirmed that West Nile Virus was found in more mosquitoes.  The latest sample was collected in Arlington Heights in Middlesex County.  There was one human case of EEE in Massachusetts in 2008.  From 2004 to 2006 there were 13 cases and six deaths.  There have been 10 human cases of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts in the past five years.

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