UNDATED (WSAU) State officials are again urging horse owners to vaccinate their animals, after two horses recently came down with a mosquito-borne illness. Eastern Equine Encephalitis was recently confirmed in a seven-year-old American quarter horse in Price County, and a six-year-old Belgian mare in Taylor County. Officials did not say if the horses survived. Both had signs of brain disease, and neither was vaccinated for the encephalitis.
State Veterinarian Robert Ehlenfeldt says horse owners should order vaccinations if they have not already done so – and to get booster shots for horses that were vaccinated earlier this year. The state’s first warning came earlier this month when two llamas in Dunn County died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis – and a horse on the same farm got sick from it.