|Published:||Aug 01, 2013 6:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 01, 2013 6:45 PM EDT|
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that a horse in Hillsborough County was infected with eastern equine encephalitis.
The horse was most likely infected in mid-July and has been euthanized.
Hillsborough County has been under an advisory for mosquito-borne illnesses since March 25. The last human case of locally acquired EEE in Hillsborough County occurred that month.
EEE is a rare disease caused by a mosquito-transmitted virus that can cause inflammation of the brain. Only about 5 cases of EEE in humans are reported each year. It cannot be passed from person to person.
Health Department officials advise residents and visitors to avoid mosquito bites and stop mosquitoes from living and multiplying around their homes or businesses by taking simple steps like draining any standing water.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Family hospitalized after eating meat with LSD
- Cape police arrest 2nd suspect in child neglect case
- Man posts Facebook video of himself jumping on manatees
- CCSO: Woman uses stolen credit card to buy TV
- Fmr Cape resident accused of attempted sex trafficking
- Music Man Redux - Teacher needs instruments for good cause
- Car drives into hole in Cape Coral
- Scammers call Charlotte County residents claiming to be CCU
- Alva students arrested for gun, caught with ammo day before
- Bill would make drug testing for candidates manditory