Two cases of West Nile virus reported in horses

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

Cases of the West Nile virus are being seen across the country.

It has now been found in one horse in Laurel County and one in Henderson County.

Both horses had to be euthanized.

“The horse must have read the book [on West Nile] because it presented just as you would think, and the first observations noted by the owner were that he was having trouble urinating,” said Equine
Programs Manager, Rusty Ford.

Most county health departments do not spray for mosquitoes, since they are the carriers.

However, it is something that can be requested.

“We handle it on a case by case complaint basis; so if there’s a lot of mosquito problems in your area then you can call us,” said Perry
County Environmentalist Chris Johnson.

He also added that there are many ways to prevent mosquito bites.

“The biggest prevention is to prevent water from standing, but if you can't prevent that then we would come out and do some pesticides and that sort of thing,” said Johnson.

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