First cases of West Nile recorded in B.C. horses

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The West Nile virus has been detected again in B.C.

Two horses recently tested positive in the Cache Creek and Ashcroft area.

Dr. John Twidale, a veterinarian specializing in the treatment of horses, says these are the first confirmed cases this year.

“We’ve been looking for it for the last five years since it appeared in the Prairie provinces and we’ve expected it to arrive either from the Prairies or from Washington State, so it’s just a matter of time and this seems to be our time.”

The virus is more dangerous for animals than humans because it causes muscle tremors and in severe cases, the inability to stand.

A vaccine has been available for the last five years, but owners don’t have to protect B.C. horses from infection.

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