Horse in Hernando County (FL) euthanized after testing positive for Eastern equine encephalitis
By Logan Neill, Tampa Bay Times
Republished with permission by Tampa Bay Times
BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Health Department received confirmation this week that a horse in the southeastern part of the county tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis and was euthanized due to the effects of the virus.
According to county health officials, the horse — on property near Hayman and Neff Lake roads — was the 15th in the state and the first in Hernando County this year known to have contracted the disease, commonly known as EEE, which is carried by mosquitoes. Most of the other deaths were confined to several counties in North Florida.