First West Nile Case Of 2018 Confirmed In KY

The first equine West Nile Virus (WNv) in Kentucky was confirmed on Aug. 28. The affected 9-year-old Quarter Horse from Pendleton County is stable and has a favorable prognosis. The gelding presented on Aug. 23 with partial lower-lip paralysis and involuntary muscle contractions. Over the next 48 hours, the horse became progressively ataxic in his hind end, then became recumbent and unable to rise. The gelding had not been vaccinated for the disease.

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 Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s West Nile Page.


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