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Vets remind horse owners vaccines vital

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia veterinarians remind horse owners to keep their animal's vaccinations up to date.

A Grady County horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and vets say infected mosquitoes are swarming now.

The virus is spread the same way as West Nile, through the bite of an infected mosquito. Horses need vaccine to protect against eastern equine encephalitis twice a year because there is no cure if they contract it.

Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Deriso said  "It's not a common problem, but it they get it there is no specific treatment for the disease. So the only way to prevent it is to have the vaccine."

Eastern Equine Encephalitis can also cause severe illness and even death in people, and vets say a horse catching the disease shows that danger for people is also present. They recommend you take precautions, like using repellants and pouring out standing water around your home.

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