West Nile virus (WNV) in horses continues to march across the United States, with veterinarians urging vaccination. California confirmed its ninth case, and Wisconsin its sixth case this year.
On August 24, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture confirmed WNV in a 3-year-old Quarter Horse stallion in Riverside County. The stallion was displaying neurologic signs and was euthanized due to the severity of the disease. For more information please visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/WNV_Info.htm.l
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection received notice on Aug. 25 that an unvaccinated 3-year-old American Saddlebred from Outagamie County went down, was sampled, and was euthanized due to complications of WNV on August 17. For more information visit the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
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.