West Monroe, N.Y. - Test have confirmed that a horse in the town of West Monroe has died from Eastern equine encephalitis or the Triple E virus according to the Oswego County Health Department
A horse cannot transmit Triple E to a person, but infected mosquitoes pose a risk to both humans and horses. A vaccine is available for horses and owners are encouraged to get it.
The county health department plans to conduct an aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor Swamp area this evening depending on the weather to help control the population of mosquitoes that could carry triple E.
So far this summer 15 samples of mosquitoes collected from the towns of West Monroe, Hastings and Constantia have tested positive for EEE.