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Clark County horse first confirmed victim of West Nile VirusSubmitted: 07/24/2017
MADISON - The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year comes from Clark County.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says the unvaccinated horse was euthanized.

West Nile is carried by mosquitoes and kills 90 percent of the horses it infects.  Symptoms include depression, appetite loss, drooping eyelids, fever, weakness, or paralysis.


A DATCP veterinarian says horses need two doses of the vaccine two to four weeks apart. The vaccine takes at least two weeks to build up protection.

Most cases happen in mid-to-late summer.

Last year there were seven confirmed West Nile cases in horses, but the agency suspects there were more unconfirmed cases.

Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team

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