WNV in Kentucky Horses: Another Case Identified

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WNV in Kentucky horses
West Nile virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. | Photo: G. Bohne/Wikimedia Commons

Another Kentucky horse has been diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV), E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, said in an Oct. 19 statement. There are now 12 confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year.

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the diagnoses for a Magoffin County horse, Ford said.

The 5-year-old Kentucky Mountain Horse gelding presented on Oct. 10 with muscle fasciculation (involuntary twitching), lethargy, and inappetence. As of Oct. 17, the horse was described as much improved and has a favorable prognosis

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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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