The Department of Health in Jackson County was recently notified of a deer, located off Firebird Lane, south of Marianna that tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and emphasizes for the public to protect themselves against being bitten by mosquitoes.
T.G. Harkrider, Environmental Health Director for the Department of Health in Jackson County stated, "It is unusual for us to receive a report involving a deer because these animals are not typically monitored and reported to the Department." "This situation was unique in that an alert resident contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after his dog was exposed to this animal that was exhibiting symptoms consistent with rabies," Harkrider continued.
The FWC Officers transported the animal to Alachua County to perform a necropsy and to collect blood and tissue samples for analysis. This testing revealed the animal was not rabid but was positive for EEE.
For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, please visit DOH's Environmental Health web site http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/index.html the CDC web site www.cdc.gov, call the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-888-880-5782, or contact the Department of Health in Jackson County at 850.482.9227. Additionally, information on arboviruses can be found at the FDACS' web site, http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry/Education/For-the-Community/Animal-Disease-Information/West-Nile-Virus or by calling (850) 410-0900.
Information provided by the Jackson County Health Department