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Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

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393948_10151072072791026_1524015114_n-300x205-2408822-6737883A horse in Washoe County has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The horse is a 13-year-old mare from the Franktown Road area.

WNV can be fatal for horses. The horse has been transported to UC Davis for treatment.

Although no vaccine exists for humans, health officials and large animal veterinarians have repeatedly stressed preventive measures from contracting WNV in horses.

“The Nevada State Laboratory reported to the Health District that the animal had no travel prior to onset of the disease, and that there are neurological complications in the horse which was taken to UC Davis,” according to a statement issued by the Washoe County Health District.

Information: Washoe County Health District’s Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program, http://bit.ly/1SCOM2g.

Watch the video below for more on avoiding WNV.

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