Ocala horse tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Second horse tests positive for virus

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OCALA, Fla. - A second horse near Ocala has tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis, according to the Florida Department of Health in Marion County.

"This is the time of year when mosquito-borne diseases are on the rise," Environmental Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Marion County Dan Dooley said in a news release. "Residents and visitors should take precautions to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes."

Health officials want to remind people to "Drain and Cover." Drain standing water, like house gutters, pool covers and buckets, to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying. Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls twice a week, too. Cover yourself with clothes and repellent to avoid getting bit.

The Department continues to conduct state-wide searches for all mosquito-borne viruses and diseases, including West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria and dengue.

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