Kentucky Confirms WNV Suspect Case

A 2-year-old Thoroughbred at Churchill Downs in Jefferson County was confirmed today to have West Nile virus (WNV), according to the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. That horse had been highly suspect and was being treated as a WNV case, and confirmatory laboratory results were received today from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames,
Iowa. The horse was euthanized on Oct. 25.

That brings the total confirmed WNV horses in Kentucky to eight. This number excludes one horse which was residing in Kentucky when it was determined to have WNV, but which acquired the disease in Florida prior to shipping to Kentucky. It has been counted in the number of positive Florida WNV cases.

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office is working closely with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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