BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) — Officials say eastern equine encephalitis has appeared in four eastern North Carolina counties, where four horses and a donkey have either died or been euthanized.
News sources report the Carteret County Department of Human Services announced Wednesday an 8-year-old mare was euthanized after contracting the virus.
Two of the four horses which died were in Onslow County. There were one each in Craven, and Duplin counties in addition to Carteret County.
In Duplin County, a donkey was put down on July 30.
A sixth case has been reported in Richmond County.
Health officials say the disease is spread by mosquito bite and can infect humans as well as horses.