The second California equine West Nile virus (WNV) case was confirmed for 2017, according to a report from the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC).
On July 19, 2017, an unvaccinated 2-year old Thoroughbred filly in Fresno County, California, was displaying severe neurologic signs. She was confirmed positive for West Nile virus. The filly died.
For 2017, there have been two horses that have been confirmed positive for WNV in California. The positive horses were located in Fresno and Kern Counties.
For more information visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture website.
The Equine Disease Communication Center 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.
The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.
Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.
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