- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has its first confirmed case of eastern equine encephalitis.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 2-year-old Arabian from Suffolk was vaccinated more than a year ago but was not revaccinated this year.

The disease has a mortality rate of 80 percent. Eastern equine encephalitis typically is transmitted by mosquitoes.

The state veterinarian encouraged horse owners to work with their veterinarians to arrange a vaccination schedule.

Last year, Virginia had no reported cases of encephalitis in horses or other livestock.

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