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More Reports of West Nile Virus in Horses In Yakima County

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Benton Franklin Health Department reports Wednesday afternoon that there are six confirm cases of horses with West Nile virus.

The number of cases has double in three weeks.  Health officials said it is currently West Nile season.

Horses, humans, birds and other animals can test positive for West Nile after an infected mosquito bites them.  It cannot be transmitted from animal to animal or animal to person.  Health expert explain that mosquitoes transmit it.

The recent finding has health experts concerned because if there are more horses becoming infected there is a good chance there could be more infected mosquitoes in our area.

The Health Department reports that a horse's nervous system is affected and that signs include loss of coordination, loss of appetite, confusion, fever, stiffness and muscle weakness.

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about one-third of the horses that become infected die. 

To keep your horse protected health experts suggest keeping your animal vaccinated and reduce exposure to mosquitoes.