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August 18, 2006

Lee County-- After a horse in Thomas County contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis, horse owners and health officials want you to be aware of the danger.  It is rare for humans to contract the virus.

It usually affects birds and then is transmitted by mosquitoes. Stable owners say horses remain suseptible if not vaccinated against the potentially deadly virus.

"First of all we have our horses immunized twice a year, Spring and Fall. I we hear of incidents that come into our area, a lot of times will do a booster in the summer time for it and we try to keep anything that holds water empty." 

About one in every twenty humans bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptons. No human cases of this virus have been reported this year.

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