Monday, September 09, 2013

Montana Confirms Equine WNV Cases - Full Article

By Edited Press Release
Sep 03, 2013

The Montana Department of Livestock is reminding equid owners statewide to be on the lookout for West Nile virus (WNV) after numerous cases were confirmed in horses recently.

“We’ve had nine positive cases confirmed in the past five days, so the threat is definitely there,” said State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski, DVM.

Zaluski said equid owners should be familiar with clinical signs of the disease, which can be difficult to distinguish from other serious neurologic diseases like sleeping sickness and rabies. Some of those signs include:

Loss of appetite and depression;
Incoordination (ataxia) or weakness of the hind limbs;
Muscle or muzzle twitching;
Convulsions; and
Inability to swallow.

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