WA’s first equine West Nile virus case of 2014
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has reported that an unvaccinated horse in Franklin County is Washington’s first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV). It was not known if the horse, which is showing progressive neurological signs, had recently traveled outside of the state. The Washington Department of Health also reported last week that a man from Walla Walla County is infected with the first human case of WNV in Washington this year.
In 2013, there were two confirmed cases of horses with WNV in the eastern part of the state. Oregon reported six equine cases and Idaho, 10 cases. Veterinarians who learn of potential West Nile Virus cases in horses or other animals should contact the State Veterinarian’s office at (360) 902-1881.