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Monday, July 2, 2012 - 2:51pm

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Appears

Health officials have recorded the fourth case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse in south Georgia this year.

The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed the case in a horse in Lanier County.

Public information officer Coutney Sheeley says the mosquito-borne disease is not transmitted from horse to horse or from horse to human.

The health department reports that most people bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease will not become sick, but those who are infected will usually show symptoms in three to 10 days. They include a sudden fever, muscle pains, and headaches. The most severe cases can include seizures and a coma.