West Nile Virus Confirmed in Area Horse 27 Oct 17

The State Board of Animal Health is putting out a warning to horse owners after a mare in the Euclid area was confirmed this week with a case of West Nile Virus.

Veterinarians say the 33 year old animal had been vaccinated annually since 2015 and is doing well following treatment.

It is the first case of the virus found in a Minnesota horse since 2016, with all positive test results reported to the BAH.

It is not clear how the American Quarter Horse caught the illness, generally spread by mosquitoes who contract it from birds – with an incubation period of around 3 to 15 days.