WNV in Georgia Horses: First Cases of 2018 Reported

Horses with WNV were identified in Brooks, Franklin, and Hart counties.

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

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has reported the state’s first West Nile virus (WNV) cases of the year, the Equine Disease Communication Center said Nov. 2. They’ve confirmed three cases of WNV in Georgia horses.

The WNV-positive horses were located in Brooks, Franklin, and Hart counties.

In 2017, officials confirmed 11 cases of WNV in Georgia horses, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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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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