West Nile Found in Horse Transported to Utah

West Nile Found in Horse Transported to Utah

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- State officials are urging horse owners in Utah to vaccinate their horses against the West Nile Virus.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says a horse in Utah County was euthanized after it began showing signs of the disease.

The horse was transported from Phoenix, Arizona to Utah County in mid-May and it tested positive for the disease June 2.

Agriculture officials believe the horse contracted the disease in Arizona and say this case does NOT signal the detection of West Nile in Utah.

Arizona, Texas, and Alabama are the only states reporting West Nile in horses so far.

Officials are also urging Utah residents to take necessary precautions against West Nile, including wearing protective clothing and insect repellent containing DEET.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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