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Uruguayan experts research alleged cases of equine encephalomyelitis

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Montevideo, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan scientists are investigating alleged cases of equine encephalomyelitis, as some cases of the disease were confirmed in neighboring Argentina.

The General Directorate of Livestock Services at the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) is waiting for the results of samples sent to the laboratory.

Technicians from the MAGP Animal Health Directorate are attending to notifications of suspicions through epidemiological research and the extraction of blood samples from the sick equines with nervous and respiratory symptoms.

Livestock Services Deputy Director Jorge Viera told Subrayado, a local media outlet, that the technicians visited 13 farms where animals were suspected of having contracted the disease.

Viera added that morbidity and mortality are low so far.

The culex mosquito is the vector that transmits the virus to equines.

It is a seasonal spring and summer disease that is predominantly found in humid, temperate or subtropical regions, where there are large mosquito niches that coexist with birds that act as reservoirs. According to Subrayado, cases of equine encephalomyelitis have been reported in Corrientes and Santa Fe, in Argentina.

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