Two More Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Aug. 23) that two more cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses have been confirmed, bringing the total equine case count to four.

"Results of testing received today from the Breathitt Veterinary Center confirm the diagnosis of West Nile virus having affected two additional horses," said Rusty Ford, equine programs manager in the State Veterinarian's office. "The diagnosis is based on compatible clinical symptoms with diagnostic confirmation by the WN IgM Elisa test."

A 5-year-old Hardin County Quarter Horse mare first showed clinical signs of WNV on Aug. 15. The second horse, a 2-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse colt, began exhibiting signs of WNV on Aug. 16. Neither horse had a history of WNV vaccination; both horses were euthanatized.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's web site will be updated to reflect these additional cases--visit www.kyagr.com.

West Nile virus was reported in a Nelson County horse last week. The horse's condition deteriorated and it was euthanatized on Friday (Aug. 18).

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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