For the first time since 1995, a horse in Smith County has tested positive for Equine Encephalitis.
Regarded as one of the more serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States; Equine Enchephalitis can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
Smith County's infected horse was pastured off of Dixie Lane on the west side of the county. It has been euthanized, and the area has been sprayed for mosquitoes.
This "positive test" is a red flag for those raising horses. A vaccine is available. Anyone with questions about the that vaccine should contact their veterinarian.