RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A horse in Clarke County has been euthanized after testing positive for equine West Nile virus, Virginia's first reported case this year.
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday that the horse was euthanized Aug. 31, one day after it started showing symptoms of the illness. The horse had been vaccinated for the virus, but was due for a booster in September.
State officials are urging horse owners to prevent West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis by vaccinating their animals. Mosquitoes transmit both types of viruses, which usually lives in wild birds. Transmission between horses and humans is extremely unlikely.