Equine virus more dangerous than West Nile, but rare in humans

August 23, 2014 9:21 PM

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Equine virus more dangerous than West Nile, but rare in humans

A rare mosquito-borne virus recently found in Eastern Ontario is potentially more dangerous than the West Nile virus but only rarely infects humans, researchers say.

Officials with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit warned this week that two horses had been infected with eastern equine encephalitis virus, which is carried by birds but can be transmitted through certain types of mosquitos.

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