- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 12-year-old miniature mare from Chesapeake had not been vaccinated for the disease.

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

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

Virginia had one reported case of encephalitis in a horse last year.

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