Virginia Records 1st Case of West Nile Virus of Year

Sept. 12, 2013

The Commonwealth has recorded its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the horse in Russell County had been vaccinated just two weeks before becoming ill. The department said Thursday that it has learned that the horse was recently moved from another state and may have contracted the virus before arriving in Virginia.

The horse is undergoing treatment. Often horses have to be euthanized.

Earlier this week, the department announced the first confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Virginia this year. The Prince George County gelding, which had not been vaccinated, was euthanized.

In April, the department encouraged horse owners to discuss a vaccination schedule for West Nile Virus and Easter Equine Encephalitis with their veterinarians


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