RUSSELL COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A horse in Russell County tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the horse is the first case of WNV in Virginia in 2013.
VDACS said the horse was vaccinated for West Nile Virus two weeks before becoming ill. It is being treated with supportive therapies to prevent the horse from injuring herself throughout the course of the sickness.
According to VDACS, horses often have to be euthanized because of the severity of their symptoms, which can include fever, loss of control of bodily movements, and other problems.
Vaccines are available to reduce the incidence of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses, VDACS said. The vaccines are effective for six to twelve months.
VDACS said the horse had recently moved to Virginia from another state, and may have been exposed to the virus prior to being moved to Virginia.
On Sept. 9, VDACS announced the first horse in Virginia tested positive for EEE.
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