Watertown Daily Times | Ritchie hosts EEE clinic on Amish farmPosted: June 29, 2012
Last summer the mosquito-borne disease killed at least 12 horses in Central and Northern New York and claimed the life of a 4-year-old Oswego County girl.
“EEE is a very serious disease that is nearly always fatal in horses — and nearly 100 percent preventable, if horses are vaccinated,” said Mrs. Ritchie, who attended the clinic. “Yet many horse owners, farmers and others are still unaware of the danger both to their families and to their farm animals. These clinics aim to educate farmers and horse owners, and protect a very valuable investment.”
With no central horse ownership registry in New York state, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets has run its own campaigns aimed at horse owners with mixed results.
Almost half the horses that died from EEE in 2011 were owned by Amish families. Officials estimate that number could be higher because many Amish do not have their horses examined by a veterinarian.