West Nile virus found in 2 horses in Campbell County

Mosquitos can transfer West Nile Virus to humans. Pexels

Health Officials remind residents to eliminate standing water on their property. The virus is typically transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Press Release - Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center in Gillette Wyoming received laboratory confirmation this week that two horses under their treatment tested positive for the West Nile Virus with test still pending on a 3rd case. It can cause severe illness in people and horses, although only about 20 percent of those infected will develop any symptoms at all. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, headache, body ache, fatigue, nausea, and rash. More severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

EEE and West Nile virus, like other viral diseases affecting a horse's neurological system, must be reported to the state veterinarian at 609-671-6400 within 48 hours of diagnosis.

"We continue to encourage horse owners be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against these diseases spread by mosquitoes", New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said.


No cases were recorded in 2015 and 2016, but in 2017 the country reported five fatalities. That includes using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.

According to the health department, most human cases occur in August and September.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works' Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

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