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Horse tests positive for West Nile Virus in Cherry County


August 26, 2021

The North Central District Health Department reported a horse in Cherry County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Additional details on the symptoms or status of the horse are not currently available. Typically, horses with West Nile Virus display symptoms of depression, lack of appetite, change in behavior and mood, fever, muscle spasms and incoordination. Horse owners should talk to a veterinarian about vaccinating horses annually for West Nile Virus.

This virus starts in birds that serve as the host. Mosquitoes feed on infected birds and then transmit the virus to humans and horse...

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