Press Release – Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center in Gillette Wyoming received laboratory confirmation this week that two horses under their treatment tested positive for the West Nile Virus with test still pending on a 3rd case. According to Dr. Marshall Kohr the horses presented with neurological signs such as being wobbly on their feet. The three horses are unrelated and from different parts of the county and represent a recent spike in confirmed cases in Wyoming. One of the Campbell County horses recently succumb to the disease, but Dr. Kohr reports that “ we hope the other two horses will slowly continue to improve.”
West Nile virus in horses is easily prevented with a safe and effective vaccine. Horses ,humans and some species of birds are the most susceptible to West Nile Virus but dogs and cats can become infected. Dr. Kohr was quick to add that “ even thought they can get infected it is highly unlikely that dogs or cats would become ill.” The Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center recommend that horses in Campbell County get vaccinated against West Nile Virus every year.
Even though the same mosquitos that infect our horses with the virus can also infect humans “there is no risk that a human can contract West Nile Virus from their horse” Kohr was quick to point out.
For more information on West Nile Virus in horses from the American Assoc of Equine Pract
Dr. Marshall Kohr DVM
Animal Medical Center
Gillette, WY 82718
Dr. Marshall Kohr is a Senior Partner and has been a Veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center in Gillette Wyoming for 28 years.
Animal Medical Center has been serving the animals and the people who own them in Campbell County and surrounding areas for over 28 years