A private practitioner has reported a confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse in Jaffrey, British Columbia, Canada. On August 22 the 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding started showing clinical signs, which included twitching ears and muzzle, head tilt, deficits in proprioception, hypermetric gait, inability to turn in tight circles, over reactive to stimuli, and easy to pull over with tail in both directions. The horse was still alive when the case was reported.
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.