Filly dies of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Ocala

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 3:48 pm

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Health officials say a yearling filly has died of Eastern equine encephalitis virus near Ocala.

Owner Vivi Serena says the horse started acting oddly in late June and died within two days.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1kcFNin ) reports test results confirmed this week that the filly died of the virus. Serena's veterinarian notified Marion County officials of the results.

Since April 22, the local health department has issued four notices of positive tests for the mosquito-borne illness.

The virus can also affect humans and health officials are warning residents to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. In humans the virus may cause fever, muscle aches, headaches and seizures

___

Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
59°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
72°
Details

Today

weather
77°
Details

Today

weather
79°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.