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Season’s First Cases Of West Nile Virus In Horses

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One Connecticut horse has been euthanized and a second is recovering after they were diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The Department of Agriculture says they are the first cases of the virus in domestic animals this season.

Police say a Southbury horse is being treated by veterinarians after developing symptoms in late August.  A horse from South Windsor was put down after its condition continued to deteriorate after it first developed system.

The Agriculture Department’s State Veterinarian says there was no indication either horse had received West Nile vaccination, which has been available through licensed vets for eleven years.  Dr. Mary Jane Lis urged horse owners to review their animals’ vaccination records.  to make sure they are protected against both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis.

Read more about domestic animals and West Nile Virus.

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