Three cases of equine West Nile in Colorado
August 31, 2016
Two horses in Weld County and one horse in LaPlata County have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The cases were diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins.
The incidence of the disease varies year to year and depends on a number of factors, including mosquito numbers. Here is some important information for horse owners, please help us get information out to the public on West Nile:
1. Contact a veterinarian if horses exhibit clinical signs consistent with West Nile. Signs include head tilt, muscle tremors, lack of coordination, weakness of the limbs or partial paralysis
2. Be aware that clinical signs of West Nile are consistent with other important neurological diseases such as equine encephalitis, rabies and equine herpes virus.
3. Consult a veterinarian on appropriate prevention strategies
4. Mitigate mosquito populations and possible mosquito breeding areas on your property
5. Take precautions to develop methods to repel mosquitoes from biting your horse
6. Vaccinate your horses for West Nile as it is a very effective prevention tool
7. Protect yourself by using appropriate West Nile preventive activities suggested by public health experts.
— Colorado State Veterinarian's Office