State Vet Issues Statement on West Nile Virus

State Veterinarian, Nora Vineland, DVM, released a statement due to the detection of the west nile virus in a 12-year-old standardbred mare from Isabella County. Vineland described, on Sept. 27, the unvaccinated mare was found unable to rise. Testing revealed the mare was positive for the west nile virus and later succumbed to the disease.

West nile virus is a viral disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the disews typically affects horses, humans and birds, it can cause illness in other animals.

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