EEE virus kills Maine pheasants

Posted Sept. 24, 2009, at 1:54 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine health officials say eastern equine encephalitis killed 125 pheasants from a domestic flock in York County.

Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday a second domestic flock is also being tested for the disease, which has already killed 14 horses in Maine.

Confirmation of the disease in the animals poses no risk to humans, but Mills says it shows the presence of EEE in certain areas of the state. EEE is carried by mosquitoes. Humans who are bitten can suffer neurological damage and in the most severe cases seizures or death.

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