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Health Department: Human threat rises after horse contract contagious illness

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Updated: 6/19/2013 5:47 pm
STARKE, Fla. -- Two horses have tested positive for a highly contagious mosquito-bourne illnesses.

The Bradford County Health Department says both contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Officials warn this discovery means the risk of transmission to humans has increased.

Basic precautions can help prevent the spread of the virus, according to the health department. The "drain & cover" method involves removing standing water from water-prone areas such as trash cans, pots, gutters, and clogged storm drains. Properly chlorinating swimming pools will also help keep mosquitoes from breeding. Covering up skin when you are out and applying DEET-containing repellant will help keep the insects from biting.

Dead birds can also carry the illness and spread it to humans. To report them, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission or the Bradford Health Department at 904-964-7732.
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Realchange - 6/20/2013 11:08 AM
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Careful with deet while it works it can poison people. Most don't understand that. Additionally maybe the 2 sick horses should be moved into a enclosed animal shelter till they recover or die. In order to prevent the spread of the disease.
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