16 New Cases of West Nile Virus in Horses

16 New Cases of West Nile Virus in Horses

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Tests conducted have confirmed 16 new cases of West Nile virus in horses.

There are seven cases in Utah County, four in Salt Lake County, two in Weber County, one in Uintah County, one in Duchesne County and one in Washington County. This brings the total number of West Nile virus cases in horses this year in Utah to 24.

The virus is not transmissible from horses to humans.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has been advising horse owners to give their animals two vaccination shots for the past several weeks. Now, it's advisable to give a booster shot for added protection.

Utah now joins Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and Idaho as states reporting the virus in horses.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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