Colorado Reports First WNV Cases in 2019

Three horses in separate counties confirmed positive for West Nile virus.
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Colorado Reports First WNV Cases in 2019
WNV transmission occurs when infected mosquitoes feed on animals, as well as humans, after having fed on infected birds. | Photo: Thinkstock

The Colorado Department of Agriculture confirmed that three horses residing in three Colorado counties (Larimer, Pueblo, and Weld) were diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) on Aug. 29.

These mark Colorado’s first confirmed equine cases of WNV in 2019 and were diagnosed by Colorado State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins in late August.

WNV Facts

WNV transmission occurs when infected mosquitoes feed on animals, as well as humans, after having fed on infected birds

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