Kentucky Reports Fourth WNV Case of 2008 Season

A fourth horse in Kentucky has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). According to a notification released by the state veterinarian's office, the 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse had been partially vaccinated against the disease. It had received a single shot on Aug. 28.

The horse started showing clinical signs Sept. 30. As of Oct. 15, it had some ongoing mild ataxia in its hind limbs.

The animal is located in Todd County, in the southwest portion of the state. Other cases so far this year have occurred in Adair, Christian, and Pendleton counties. All four affected horses have survived.

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.  

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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