The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC. The following reports are in chronological order from most recent to oldest from previous reports.
Four New WNV Cases in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has confirmed four more West Nile virus (WNV)-positive horses this week, bringing the states total up to nine for 2016. Following are the cases:
- An 8-year-old pony gelding located in Choctaw County was showing severe neurologic signs, including leg paralysis, and was euthanized. The pony was not vaccinated for WNV.
- A yearling Quarter Horse filly located in Payne County was showing moderate neurologic signs, including hind limb ataxia. The horse was not vaccinated for WNV.
- A 16-year-old Quarter Horse gelding located in Beckham County was showing mild neurologic signs and is recovering. The horse was not vaccinated for WNV.
- A 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding located in Atoka County was showing severe neurologic signs, including hind limb paralysis, and was euthanized. Vaccination history is unknown.
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