More Ohio horses confirmed infected with West Nile virus


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – State and federal lab tests have confirmed nine more cases of West Nile virus infection in Ohio horses.

The latest cases were identified in Wayne, Gallia, Franklin, Mercer, Holmes, Tuscarawas and Preble counties, according to Fred Dailey, director of the state department of agriculture.

All but two of the horses have been euthanized or have died from the illness.

A real threat. The first two confirmed equine cases in the state originated in Holmes County.

None of the horses had been effectively vaccinated against the disease, although one had received the first of two initial doses for protection.

Symptoms. Equine symptoms of infection can include loss of appetite, fever, muscle tremors and weakness, paralysis of the hind limbs, impaired vision, loss of coordination, circling and wandering and hyper-excitability.

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