SC veterinarian confirms 2 cases of equine illness

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's state veterinarian says two animals have died from a mosquito-borne illness that also can affect humans.

State veterinarian Boyd Parr announced Friday the confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A horse in Darlington County and a miniature donkey in Horry 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 to be reported to the state veterinarian.

Last year, 48 of 49 confirmed cases of the disease in South Carolina died from infection. South Carolina led the nation in cases.

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