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First case of West Nile in county reported


September 18, 2019

The Washington State Department of Agriculture reported Friday that a quarter horse in Klickitat County tested positive for West Nile virus this week in what has been a light year for the disease. It is Washington’s first reported case this year.

The two-year-old gelding had not been vaccinated for the disease.

The horse was treated for what appeared to be colic but its condition worsened quickly, becoming ataxic or unable to control its muscles the following day.

The horse’s condition is improving and the referring veterinarian has guarded optimism for its recovery.

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Washington State Veterinarian Dr. Brian Joseph said the disease is not always fatal to the infecte...

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