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Horses Suffering From West Nile Virus Down From 2005

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Sonora, CA — The number of California horses suffering from West Nile virus has dropped significantly.

Five additional cases of equine West Nile virus were reported last week, brining the total for the year to 13.

Last year at this time, nearly 150 horses had been affected. One statistic that hasn´t changed: About half the horses that contract the disease die from it. Six horses have died of the West Nile virus so far this summer.

No infected horses in Tuolumne County or Calaveras County have been reported to date. For more information on West Nile Virus and the risk to humans, click here and go to Health Alerts on

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh