Skip to Content

western equine encephalomyelitis


Definition: an equine encephalomyelitis found in the western U.S. and parts of South America, transmitted by mosquitoes and caused by the western equine encephalomyelitis virus (a species of Alphavirus in the family Togaviridae); the infection is similar to but milder than eastern equine encephalomyelitis in humans and is, as a rule, inapparent, but some cases with central nervous system involvement have been fatal.

See Also: western equine encephalomyelitis virus

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review date: Sep 19, 2016.