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WNV West Nile Virus News & Updates
    
Knowledge is the best defense. The following news articles and links can provide the latest information regarding West Nile Virus for both you and your horse. If you have questions, call the phone numbers listed on each website or contact your local vet.  Can you suggest additional WNV resources to add to this list?  Please let us know at info@socalequest.com
   

June 01, 2005 11:15 AM - CDFA Press Release

FIRST CONFIRMED EQUINE CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS FOR 2005 - Earlier start of season compared to 2004

SACRAMENTO - The first positive equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in California in 2005 has been reported in Plumas County. The horse, which is recovering, is a 3-year-old quarter horse mare. The case was confirmed about a month earlier than the first case of 2004.

WNV is a mosquito-borne virus that was first detected in the United States in 1999 in the New York City area. It may cause a wide range of clinical illnesses from mild, "flu-like" symptoms to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) that may be fatal to both humans and horses. While horses are susceptible to WNV, many horses infected with the disease will not develop any illness and will recover uneventfully. Currently, there is no specific treatment for WNV.

California became the focus for West Nile Virus in 2004 with 540 confirmed clinical equine cases. Over 40 percent of clinically affected horses died or were euthanized. In 2004, WNV was detected in all California counties.

The Centers for Disease Control has predicted that California will again be the epicenter for WNV in 2005.

Signs of West Nile Virus in horses include stumbling, staggering, loss of coordination, muscle twitching, circling, and inability to stand. Birds serve as the primary reservoir for harboring the disease. Mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans and horses after feeding on infected birds.

Once infected, horses do not spread the disease to other humans or horses.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is urging horse owners to consult their veterinarian to ensure each horse is current on West Nile

Virus vaccinations. It is also important to practice mosquito control methods to aid in reducing mosquito-breeding sites.

For more information on West Nile Virus in horses, call the Equine West Nile information line 1-800-268-7378 or email WNVirus@cdfa.ca.gov or visit http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/wnv_info.htm

Contact: CDFA Public Affairs at 916/654-0462
For additional information on the California Department of Food and Agriculture please visit our website at www.cdfa.ca.gov 

Google news results for "West Nile Virus"+"Southern California"
Google search results for "West Nile Virus"+"Southern California"
California West Nile Virus Surveillance Information Center
UC Davis Center For Equine Health -- West Nile Virus Information & Links
California WNV Maps
NBII - West Nile Virus links for California
CDFA Equine West Nile Virus
Center for Disease Control West Nile Virus
Cornell University WNV Resources for the General Public
WNV Daily Case Count
WNV Health Related Hoaxes & Rumors
US Maps showing spread of WNV
USGC maps showing spread of WNV by states
National Pesticide Information Center for pesticides
US Department of Agriculture Animal Division
  

  

  

  

  

  

  
    

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