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Unvaccinated Glenn County horse has West Nile virus

Published: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 - 9:03 am

A horse from an area near Orland has been diagnosed with West Nile virus equine infection, the first case diagnosed in Glenn County in almost eight years, and is not likely to survive, county officials said. The animal had not been vaccinated against the virus, they said.

This is only the third horse to be infected with the disease in the state this year, according to Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones, who oversees animal control services.

He reminded owners of equines, including horses, donkeys and mules, that one vaccination does not protect against the virus. Two vaccinations, given three to four weeks apart, provide maximum protection.

Jones urged equine animal owners to contact their veterinarians for more information.

The number of dead birds infected with West Nile Virus also has increased in both Orland and Willows, county officials said.

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