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Equine Encephalomyelitis Infections in Panama

14 September 2015

PANAMA - There have been three outbreaks of equine encephalomyelitis in Panama.

All of the outbreaks affected village equines, and there were two deaths out of ten cases. There were 32 susceptible animals in total.

The three outbreaks occurred in Rio Iglesias, Juancalito, and Canglon in the Darien region.

In the report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Panama's animal health director said that there were zones endemic for the disease, and with cyclical occurrence of the disease where campaigns for vector control and vaccination of susceptible species have been carried out.

Paired tests are being made to rule out the presence of the disease after recent vaccination, with laboratory results pending.

The report specified that the Rio Iglesias animals were native animals (breed undetermined) used for work.

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