WNV in Kentucky Horses: Case Confirmed in Logan County

The unvaccinated 7-year-old Percheron gelding presented with hind-limb ataxia and muscle fasciculation but has a favorable prognosis for recovery.
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West Nile virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. | Photo: iStock

Another Kentucky horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), E.S. Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, said in a Nov. 14 statement. There are now 17 confirmed cases of WNV in Kentucky horses this year.

He said Equine Diagnostic Solutions, in Lexington, confirmed the diagnosis.

The 7-year-old Percheron gelding presented on Nov. 7 with hind-limb ataxia (incoordination) and muscle fasciculation (involuntary twitching)

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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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