AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s state veterinarian is urging horse owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated against eastern equine encephalitis.
Dr. Don Hoenig issued the advisory Tuesday. Hoenig said a horse in Troy that tested positive for the disease was not vaccinated against it. The 4-year-old quarter horse gelding was euthanized last week.
State health director Dora Anne Mills says a horse with eastern equine encephalitis does not pose a health threat to humans. But a horse with the disease indicates that local mosquitoes are infected, contracting it from birds.
Mills says EEE is transmitted to humans and horses from mosquito bites, so it’s important for people and horse owners take precautions.
EEE was first detected in Maine in 2005.