2 additional equine confirmed as having been affected with West Nile virus

Results of diagnostic testing completed and reported earlier today by the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed a diagnosis of West Nile virus affecting 2 additional horses in KY.  The Department of Agriculture’s web page will be updated to include these two additional cases which are summarized below.

In HARDIN County KY KDA Reference: 16 is

a  12YR TN WALKING HORSE FE- ALIVE, attending veterinarian reported today the patient continues to improve and expected to recover

Onset Date: 10/25/18    Acute ataxia and muscle fasciculation

Vaccination: It is understood the patient was Partially vaccinated (initial single dose) reportedly given ~1/20/2018

In ROCKCASTLE County KY

KDA Reference: 015 is

-a  5YR TN WALKING HORSE FE  – EUTHANIZED

Onset Date: 10/24/18 Neurologic Spasticity (contracted muscles), the condition worsened, patient got down and was euthanized

Vaccination: No WNV Vacc History

Annual reports and a cumulative summary of equine cases reported in KY during the period 2001 through 2017 is available for viewing on the KY Department Agriculture’s web page.

The summaries can be found at http://www.kyagr.com/statevet/west-nile-info.html

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