The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has confirmed an additional four cases of West Nile Virus in Kentucky. One horse was a 15-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse in Boyle County that had not been vaccinated for the disease. The horse was euthanized on Sept. 20. The second horse was 5 years old and located in Harrison County; the horse also had no vaccination history and was euthanized.
The third horse was an 18-month-old Standardbred in Jackson County. The horse is still alive and has no vaccination history. He presented as lethargic and with rear limb ataxia. The fourth infected horse was a 12-year-old Saddlebred in Mercer County; the horse had no vaccination history and was euthanized.
To date, there have been six reported West Nile cases; five of the infected horses have been euthanized and one is alive. All six horses were not vaccinated. Affected counties include Boyle, Harrison, Jackson, Lewis, Mercer and Pendleton (one each). The horses were Quarter Horse, Saddlebred, Standardbred and two Tennessee Walking Horses.
West Nile is transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Horses infected with the disease may show signs that include depression, anorexia, hypersensitivity to touch and flu-like symptoms.
Read more at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
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