WNV in Kentucky Horses: 13th Case of 2018 Confirmed

The unvaccinated 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Barren County responded well to treatment and, as of Oct. 23, was described as fully recovered.

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West Nile virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. | Photo: iStock

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. 24 statement. There are now 13 confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year.

Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center confirmed the diagnoses for a Barren County horse, Ford said.

The 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare presented Sept. 28 with fever, ataxia, and decreased tongue-tone. Ford said she responded well to treatment and, as of Oct. 23, was described as fully recovered

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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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