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Horse in Marathon County tests positive for Eastern Equine EncephalitisSubmitted: 10/17/2017
Horse in Marathon County tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Story By Newswatch 12 News Team

MARATHON COUNTY - A horse in Marathon County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The Marathon County Health Department sent out word of the positive test.

The virus can be spread to humans, horses, birds and other animals during bites from infected mosquitoes.

The mosquitoes pick up the virus by biting an infected bird.

Signs of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses include depression, loss of appetite, drooping eyelids and lower lip, blindness, paralysis and death.

The best way to avoid mosquito-borne disease is to reduce exposure to mosquitoes and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

The most recent human case of the disease in Wisconsin was back in 2011.

It was only the second recorded case since 1964.

Most people infected with the virus do not show symptoms.

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