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West Nile Virus, Equine Herpesvirus-1 Alerts for August

August 30, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

West Nile Virus (WNV)

WNV continues to be a serious problem in California in 2007. So far, there have been four deaths due to WNV—two in Kern County, one in San Joaquin County, and one in Colusa County. With the number of people infected with the virus three times higher this year than this time last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in the three most affected counties (Kern, Colusa and San Joaquin).

The Center for Equine Health at the University of California, Davis, would like to remind horse owners to remain vigilant about keeping their horses' vaccinations current and to follow recommendations to prevent the spread of this mosquito-borne disease.

Equine Herpesvirus-1

Recently a number of racetracks, private veterinary clinics and university teaching hospitals outside of California have been shut down to limit the spread of Equine Herpesvirus-1 infection. The purpose of this Web page alert is to provide awareness to California horse owners regarding this infection.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Nicola Pusterla or Dr. David Wilson, UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, (530) 752-0290.