Virginia, Kentucky Confirm New Equine WNV Cases

Virginia, Kentucky Confirm New Equine WNV Cases

As of Sept. 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Health Monitoring and Surveillance had confirmed 64 cases of WNV in 23 states this year.

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Animal health officials in Virginia have confirmed the commonwealth's first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2013. Further west, officials say a third Kentucky horse has tested positive for the virus.

According to a Sept. 12 statement from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the affected Russell County horse had been vaccinated for WNV two weeks prior to becoming ill. The horse is receiving supportive therapy, the statement indicated. In 2012, Virginia reported only one confirmed equine WNV case.

Meanwhile in Kentucky, a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding from Todd County tested positive for WNV on Sept. 11, according to a statement from Kentucky Equine Programs Manager E.S. "Rusty" Ford.

Ford's statement indicated that the affected horse presented with a fever on Sept. 2; his condition subsequently worsened. On Sept. 7, the horse exhibited hind limb ataxia and inappetence, and on Sept. 8 he became recumbent. As of Sept. 11, the horse was described as "up and walking with some improvement noted."

"None of the (three) West Nile-affected horses (in Kentucky) were reported to have been properly immunized," Ford's statement read.

In 2012 Kentucky reported 13 cases of WNV in horses.

As of Sept. 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Health Monitoring and Surveillance had confirmed 64 cases of WNV in 23 states this year.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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