Kentucky Reports Second Equine West Nile Virus Case

A second Kentucky horse has been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus, animal health officials announced.

The affected animal is a 17-month-old Tennessee Walking Horse from Adair County, in the south-central portion of the state. This horse was not vaccinated. It was alive and showing improvement at the time of the Oct. 1 report.

The first case in the state in 2008 was reported Sept. 18. This horse, which lives in Christian County, was not vaccinated. It survived and was recovering at the time of the report.

Horses are a dead-end host for WNV; the virus does not spread from horse to horse, or to other animals, including humans.

West Nile virus first appeared in North America in 1999 and has spread steadily across the country. To learn more about WNV, watch our Webinar on Understanding West Nile Virus.  

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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