Human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Panama prompts horse vaccination to control the outbreak

There have been reports of at least 20 confirmed and 88 suspected human cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus infection in the provinces of Panamá, Coclé, Veraguas, Darién and Bocas del Toro. Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus is a disease primarily of birds and the mosquitoes that bite them. However, some types of mosquitoes may transfer the virus to horses and other mammals. Humans become infected when mosquitoes transfer the virus to them, often during outbreaks among horses. Avoiding mosquito bites when travelling in the outbreak areas will reduce the risk of exposure to this virus.

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