Va. records 1st West Nile Virus case of year

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has recorded its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a horse this year.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the horse in Russell County had been vaccinated just two weeks before becoming ill. The department said Thursday that it has learned that the horse was recently moved from another state and may have contracted the virus before arriving in Virginia.

The horse is undergoing treatment. Often horses have to be euthanized.

In April, the department encouraged horse owners to discuss a vaccination schedule for West Nile Virus and Easter Equine Encephalitis with their veterinarians

Earlier this week, the department announced the first confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Virginia this year. The Prince George County gelding, which had not been vaccinated, was euthanized. 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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