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Deadly virus found in Mobile County, kills horse

GRAND BAY, Ala. (AP)_Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a dangerous mosquito-borne virus, is blamed for killing a horse in Grand Bay.

Mobile County health officials said yesterday the animal died June 12th and had not been vaccinated against the disease.

Experts say its an early warning signal to citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

The EEE virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile, can be spread to humans by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and then bite humans.

Earlier this month State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said five chickens tested positive for mosquito-borne diseases in Baldwin County. Two cases of West Nile were also found in horses in Saint Clair County.

Vaccines are available for horses, but none exist for humans.

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