- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health and agriculture officials say five horses in Louisiana have been reported with confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The disease, which can affect humans too, is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. As of Friday, the Department of Health and Hospitals says there have been no reported human cases of EEE virus in Louisiana this year.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Strain has in the past urged horse owners to keep their animals vaccinated. At a minimum, he says horse owners should vaccinate against tetanus, EEE, Western equine encephalitis, West Nile virus and rabies.

Owners with horses displaying symptoms that include lack of coordination, walking in circles and facial twitching should contact their veterinarians.

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