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Kentucky’s First Equine WNV Case of 2013 Confirmed

The 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare–who has no WNV vaccination history within the past year–is recovering.

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The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office announced today (Aug. 13) that an Edmonson County horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

"Testing conducted at Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center has confirmed the first reported equine West Nile case in Kentucky for 2013," according to today’s statement from Kentucky Equine Programs Manager E.S. "Rusty" Ford.

Ford’s statement relayed that on Aug. 9 the 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare—who has no WNV vaccination history within the past year—began showing clinical signs of disease; she presented with colic and an abnormal neurologic presentation (including a head tilt, muscle fasciculation, lip paresis, and hypersensitivity to touch).

"The patient is reported today as continuing to recover and showing improvement," Ford’s statement

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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