WNV in South Carolina Horses: Case Confirmed in Spartanburg County

The unvaccinated 17-month-old grade filly was euthanized.
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West Nile virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. | Photo: iStock

A horse in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Dec. 11. This is the first case in Spartanburg County and the fifth case of WNV in South Carolina horses confirmed this year.

“The case was a 17-month-old grade filly who was not vaccinated,” the EDCC said. “The horse was euthanized and WNV was confirmed via PCR testing. No quarantine was established.”

In 2017, officials confirmed 10 cases of WNV in South Carolina horses, 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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