West Nile Virus Confirmed in Campbell County
(Gillette, Wyo.) West Nile virus has been confirmed in Campbell County. Tests on two horses under the care of veterinarians at Animal Medical Center in Gillette were positive for West Nile. Results of tests on a third horse are pending.
According to Dr. Marshall Kohr, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, the horses displayed neurological signs, such as being unstable on their feet. One of the horses died, while the other two are expected to improve.
All three horses are unrelated and from different parts of the county.
According to a release on the confirmed cases of West Nile, the disease is easily prevented with safe and effective vaccines. Horses, humans, and some birds are most susceptible to West Nile, but dogs and cats can also be infected.
“Even though they can get infected, it’s highly unlikely dogs or cats would become ill,” Kohr said.
Kohr said the disease is transmitted by mosquitos to horses, humans, and other animals, but there is no risk of a human getting the disease from a horse.
Veterinarians at Animal Medical Center recommend that horses get vaccinated every year.
As of Sept. 7, there have been five other cases of equine West Nile in Wyoming, including one in Sheridan County. Two cases of avian West Nile have been detected, including one in Johnson County.
For more information on West Nile virus in horses, visit the American Association of Equine Practitioners.