COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s state veterinarian says a horse has died from a mosquito-borne illness that also can affect humans.
State veterinarian Boyd Parr on Thursday announced the confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. An unvaccinated horse in Barnwell County recently tested positive for the disease.
Parr says vaccination can prevent the serious illness in horses and is especially important in South Carolina’s coastal counties. Symptoms include stumbling, circling, depression, partial paralysis and muscle twitching.
State law requires that any livestock displaying symptoms must be reported to the state veterinarian. Parr says this is the first confirmed case of the disease in 2015.
In 2013, 48 of 49 confirmed cases of the disease in South Carolina died from infection, and officials say the state led the nation in cases.