Triple E 

Eastern Equine Enchephalitis, also known as Triple E hasn’t yet been reported in Maine, but health officials are on the look out for the deadly disease, which is carried by mosquitoes. During early August 2009, a horse in Troy died of Triple E. By early September, additional horses in Unity, Stetson, Thorndike, Berwick and Gorham had died and had been confirmed positive for infection with Triple E.In all, fifteen horses died last year due to infection from the virus. In addition, three pheasants and a llama had to be euthanized as a result of Triple E.State veterinarian, Don Hoenig says so far this year in Maine there have been no reports of Triple E. Hoenig thinks vaccinations may play a part in preventing the disease. He says more people are vaccinating their horses. Hoenig also says it’s too early to say that Maine has steered clear of Triple E this season. For more information on Triple E click here.