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West Nile Not Affecting Horses Yet

Sonora, CA — It was about this time last year that state officials received their first reports of California horses becoming ill with West Nile virus.

So far this year, there have been no reports of horses coming down with the virus. Tuolumne County Health Officer Todd Stolp says it has a lot to do with the 90% vaccination rate among horses in the area.

He believes that because two horses were infected in Tuolumne County last year, owners are taking the time to vaccinate their animals.

Stolp says that horse owners who take preventative measures should do so every year because the virus is here to stay.

Authorities expect more mosquitoes this year due to added breeding ponds of water from all of the rain.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh