British Columbia's First Equine WNV Case Likely Imported

A Canadian news service reports that British Columbia health authorities have recorded the detection of the province's first animal case of West Nile virus—a horse. However, the horse likely contracted the illness during a recent visit to Colorado. 
 
Northern Interior Medical Health Officer Lorna Medd, MD, told cbc.com the horse was recovering.

Twenty people in British Columbia have been diagnosed with WNV, but they are all thought to have picked it up while traveling outside of the province.

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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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