Eastern equine encephalitis can cause potentially fatal brain swelling in humans and horses.
A wild turkey found in Waterford Township has been classified as positive for Eastern equine encephalitis, a rare viral infection that can be fatal to humans and horses.  Electrical and electronic equipment is transmitted by mosquitoes and transported by birds. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be doing mosquito control on Monday in the area where the turkey was found, said Breanna Adams, director of environmental health for the Department of Health of Erie County.
EEE, insecticide is sprayed in the evenings (Tuesday), "said Adams.
The exact location of the turkey was not disclosed.
Eighteen cases of human EEE have been reported nationwide to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 201
The disease can cause a potentially deadly brain swelling, especially in humans and horses high mortality rate of electrical and electronic equipment – about 30 percent in humans – makes it one of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States.
The symptoms of human electrical and electronic equipment include:
sudden onset of headache
The disease can then lead to disorientation, seizures and coma. There is no vaccine or special treatment for people with electrical and electronic equipment, only supportive measures such as hospitalization, respiratory, intravenous and prevention of other infections.
Surviving electrical and electronic equipment often suffers mild to severe brain damage.
According to Steven Wales, a vet of the Wales Veterinary Practice that treats racehorses at Presque Isle Downs & Casino and other horses in the Waterford region, an EEE vaccine for horses is part of the annual Five-Way Shot.
of horses that have not been vaccinated, you should contact your veterinarian to make an appointment for a vaccine. It takes two weeks for the body to trigger an immune response to the vaccine.
"Most horses are vaccinated, and although no vaccine is 100% effective, we had no problems with electrical and electronic equipment," said Wales treated horses in the area since 2005.
Horses working on electrical and electronic equipment Illnesses often show the following symptoms:
Press the head
"Sometimes the horse gets down and it can not get up," said Robert Bell, a veterinarian at Waterford's Animal Hospital. "Owners need to contact their veterinarian and we can support the horse, for example with infusion solutions, sometimes receiving serum from horses that have survived EEE to help their own immune system fight the disease."
The best prevention of WEEE is to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. This includes removing standing pools of water around your property, using insect repellent with DEET, and wearing pants and long-sleeved shorts when going outside, especially at sunrise and sunset.
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