Wisconsin horse contracts West Nile Virus

Wisconsin horse contracts West Nile Virus

Wisconsin horse contracts West Nile Virus

Officials have confirmed a case of the West Nile Virus in southwestern Wisconsin.  The Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection says an unvaccinated 9-year-old Belgian gelding from Crawford County is the first confirmed WNV case in the state since 2018.

The state says humans cannot get West Nile Virus directly from horses, but both horses and humans get it from mosquito bites, and mosquitoes often pick up the virus from birds.

Ag officials suggest horse owners prevent West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases by removing items from the property that can collect stagnant water, and keeping things like gutters, swimming pool covers, and wheelbarrows clean and dry.