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West Nile Found in Horses

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A horse in Kennewick is euthanized after being infected with the West Nile Virus.

A 4-year-old quarter horse in Kennewick had symptoms of West Nile that got so severe he had to be euthanized.

This is just additional evidence the virus is in spreading.

A 5-year-old quarter horse in Othello is also confirmed to have the virus but seems to be making a slight recovery. That horse makes it the first horse in Adams County to be infected this year. Neither horse was vaccinated.

"The thing about horses though is it can be prevented in horses and that's through a vaccine. So we really recommend people to get their horses vaccinated," said Susan Shelton, an Environmental Health Specialists with the Benton Franklin Health District.

West Nile is fatal in about 1/3 of all horses that show clinical signs of West Nile. However, most horses do not become ill and show no symptoms at all. Those that do become ill will lose coordination, their appetite, and could even become paralyzed.