Second DE Horse Diagnosed With West Nile Virus Has Recovered - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Second DE Horse Diagnosed With West Nile Virus Has Recovered

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SUSSEX CO., Del. - Officials say the second horse that tested positive for West Nile Virus, has recovered.

The Department of Agriculture says that a 2-year-old filly from Sussex County, is the second horse diagnosed with WNV this year. The first, which was diagnosed in Kent County in August, has also reportedly recovered.

The Department says that vaccinating horses against mosquito-borne diseases including, both West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, is important, and urge owners to do so. EEE was recently detected in a sentinel chicken flock in Sussex County.

Both humans and horses can contract WNV and EEE if bitten by a mosquito, but the viruses can not be passed from horse to person, or vise versa. Officials say both WNV and EEE can be fatal.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control suggests disposing of standing water on property, to reduce mosquito breeding.

For more information about:

• Mosquito biology/ecology and control - Contact the Mosquito Control Section's Dover office at 302-739-9917.

• WNV in humans and related medical issues - Contact the Delaware Division of Public Health at 888-295-5156.

• WNV or EEE in horses and equine vaccines - Contact the Department of Agriculture's Poultry and Animal Health Section at 302-698-4500 or 800-282-8685 (Delaware only).

• West Nile virus - visit the CDC website

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