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First 2017 Equine West Nile Virus Case for Virginia

Wythe County Virginia

The first 2017 West Nile virus case in Virginia was in Wythe County.

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.

Wythe County, Virginia, WNV Case

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) identified a 10-year-old Saddlebred gelding from Wythe County as the state’s first positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2017. The positive was confirmed at the National Veterinary Service Laboratories on Friday July 7, 2017. It is the first case in Virginia since August 2015. 

Clinical signs included loss of control of body movements and partial paralysis in the hind limbs, dazed appearance and lack of ability to stand. 

The horse, which was not vaccinated, was euthanized due to the severity of the disease. 

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