West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Mare

A Standardbred mare in Green Lake County, Wisc., has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The 11-year-old was unvaccinated and had shown signs of being off on Nov. 2. Her symptoms became progressively worse and included ataxia and muscle twitching. A veterinarian was called on Nov. 9. The mare was tested for West Nile, which was confirmed, and began treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs. She is currently acting normally and recovering.

West Nile Virus causes inflammation of the central nervous system; it is spread through the bite from an infected mosquito. Symptoms of West Nile include fever, weakness, head pressing, walking in circles and weakness or paralysis of the hind limbs.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile, but supportive care including the use of anti-inflammatory medications and the administration of fluids are recommended. Nearly two-thirds of horses infected with West Nile Virus will recover. The best prevention is vaccination.

Read more at the Equine Disease Communication Center.

 

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