According to both Dr. Jenifer Nadeau, University of Connecticut Equine Extension Specialist and Dr. Sandra Bushmich, University of Connecticut Extension Veterinarian EEE, WEE also known as Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis is produced by the Togaviradae virus. EEE was first recognized in Massachusetts, USA in 1831, when 75 horses died mysteriously from viral encephalitis. This virus is originally found to be in wild birds and is then transmitted to horses and humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Depending on the virus, the fatality rate from the host which Equine Encephalomyelitis originated can be as high as 90 percent. For more information regarding Equine Encephalomyelitis and its effects on humans and horses, please visit the Center for Disease Control.
Currently, there is no cure for Equine Encephalomyelitis. To learn more about Shoo-Fly® and how our automatic fly control system and products can help protect you and your horses from this deadly virus, please visit us at Shoo-fly.com or give us a call at 352-351-5858.