WNV in Tennessee Horses: Two Additional Cases Confirmed

An 8-year-old Saddlebred mare from Loudon County and a 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse from Monroe County tested positive for WNV.
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West Nile virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. | Photo: iStock

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Nov. 26 that the Tennessee State Veterinarian has confirmed two more cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV). According to Tennessee Department of Agriculture data, there are now 12 confirmed cases of WNV in Tennessee horses this year.

“An 8-year-old Saddlebred mare in Loudon County that had been vaccinated in March of 2018 was confirmed positive on Nov. 12, 2018, on IgM ELISA,” the EDCC said. “A 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding of unknown vaccination status located in Monroe County was confirmed positive on Nov. 16, 2018, on IgM ELISA.”

There were three confirmed cases of WNV in Tennessee horses in 2017, according to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service data

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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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