Third Kentucky Horse has West Nile Virus

A third horse in Kentucky has been confirmed positive for West Nile virus. Two other cases have been reported thus far this year, with the second reported just hours before the third. The cases all occurred within different counties.

The third affected animal is a 7-year-old Quarter Horse in Pendleton County, which is in the north-central area of the state. According to a report circulated by animal health officials, it had mild rear limb ataxia. The report said the horse was improving as of Oct. 1. Its vaccination status is unknown.

The other Kentucky cases occurred in Christian and Adair counties. Neither of these horses was vaccinated. Horses are a dead-end host for WNV; the virus does not spread from horse to horse, or to other animals, including humans.

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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