Horse in Del. tests positive for West Nile virus

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Agriculture officials say a horse in Kent County has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first such case in 10 years.

The Department of Agriculture announced the finding on Friday. Officials say the horse is recovering well.

State veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst says horse owners should vaccinate their animals against West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis. She also urged horse owners to be aware of signs of infection, which include fever, loss of appetite, head pressing, depression or personality change and wobbling or staggering.

Horses and humans can contract WNV and EEE if bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. The viruses are not transmitted between horses or from horses to people. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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