Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus (VEE) is a mosquito-borne viral disease that primarily affects horses, but can also infect humans. The virus is widespread in South and Central America, and occasionally outbreaks occur in the United States.

The symptoms of VEE include fever, headache, muscle aches, and vomiting. In severe cases, the virus can cause neurological issues like seizures and confusion. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for VEE, so prevention is essential.

Horse owners and handlers should take steps to reduce mosquito populations and protect their animals with insect repellents and screens. They should also avoid bringing their horses to regions where outbreaks have occurred. Humans can protect themselves by using mosquito repellents and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.

While VEE is not common in the United States, it is vital to remain vigilant and take precautions when traveling to regions where outbreaks have occurred. By doing so, we can protect both our horses and ourselves from this dangerous disease.