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Horses in danger of deadly virus

July 16, 2003

Albany - The number of horses with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis has tripled in Georgia in the last two weeks. The Albany Police Mounted Patrol Division vaccinates its 6 horse twice a year to protect the animals from 3 types of encephalitis and west nile. The mosquito-born virus is almost always fatal in horses, and more than 32 horses in Georgia have died from the disease this year.

"Our horses help us to keep Albany safe," said Corporal Arthur Butler, APD. "So we make sure to keep them healthy through vaccinations."

Eastern Equine Encephalitis vaccinations only cost about $10. The disease rarely affects people. But, it kills nearly 50% of the people who catch it. Cases of the disease in horses have already been reported in Berrien, Atkinson, Bryan, Clinch, Mitchell, Lee, Seminole, Thomas, and Tift counties.

Posted at 5:45PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com