WNV in Massachusetts: First Equine Case of 2018 Confirmed

A horse from Hampshire County was euthanized last week after contracting West Nile virus.
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WNV in Massachusetts
West Nile virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. | Photo: iStock

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced Aug. 24 that a horse from Hampshire County was euthanized after contracting West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first equine case of WNV in Massachusetts confirmed this year.

“There has been an increase in WNV-infected mosquitoes identified this year throughout the state, an indication that the risk is widespread and ongoing,” Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, said in a DPH release.

Animal health officials did not confirm any equine cases of WNV in Massachusetts last year

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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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