Utah has reported its second case of equine West Nile virus (WNV) for 2017. On August 17, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food confirmed that an unvaccinated 9-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Carbon County was positive for WNV. The mare began showing clinical signs on August 14, when she was ataxic with muscle fasciculations and facial twitching. Since that time the mare has responded to treatment and is expected to recover.
The first 2017 WNV case in Utah also was in Carbon County.
For more information about WNV visit the AAEP website at https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_WNV.pdf.
This article was created with information from the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC). The EDCC works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.