Horse put down after contracting encephalitis from mosquito

Zika isn’t the only mosquito-borne illness that is rearing its head in Palm Beach County and causing concern, according to

The Equine Disease Communication Center reported on Tuesday  that a young Arabian horse from Palm Beach County had to be euthanized after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis — or EEE.

Why the long face? A young Arabian horse in Palm Beach County has been put down after contracting from a mosquito the virus that causes Eastern equine encephalitis.

“The 14-month-old, vaccinated Arabian had just moved within the county but had not been outside Palm Beach County since birth,” the EDCC statement said. “Clinical signs began on May 31 and the horse was euthanized for humane reasons the same day.”

This is the first confirmed EEE case in Palm Beach County and the fourth confirmed case in Florida for 2016, the EDCC reported.

EEE is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted to horses by infected mosquitoes. Horses with EEE show symptoms of a moderate to high fever, depression, lack of appetite, among other things.

The disease is almost always fatal.

The report did not say where in Palm Beach County that the infected horse resided.

There is a vaccine for EEE and experts encourage horse owners to consult with their veterinarian in case their animals needs a booster shot.

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