West Nile Case Reported in Barren County

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

The first case of West Nile in South Central Kentucky has been reported in Barren County. The two-year-old quarter horse tested positive for the virus and has already been put down.

This is the third equine case in Kentucky this year with positive horses being identified in Madison Co., Franklin Co. and now Barren County. In addition, one bird has also tested positive in Crittenden County. However, no human cases have been reported.

In 2002, Barren County lead the state with the largest number of positive West Nile cases. Some Barren County veterinarians believe the high number of people vaccinating their horses, combined with the city's mosquito spraying program is paying off with only one case being identified this year.

Since January, doctors at the Glasgow Animal Clinic have administered nearly 700 West Nile vaccinations and sold close to 2,000. The vaccinations run about $15 a dose.

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