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Horse Dies From West Nile Virus In Madison County

Late summer and fall are prime times for disease-carrying mosquitoes, so Purdue University experts recommend people take precautions for themselves and their pets and livestock. Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of illnesses to people and animals, including West Nile virus, and Eastern and Western encephalitis. (Photo/USDA-Agricultural Research Service)
Late summer and fall are prime times for disease-carrying mosquitoes, so Purdue University experts recommend people take precautions for themselves and their pets and livestock. Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of illnesses to people and animals, including West Nile virus, and Eastern and Western encephalitis. (Photo/USDA-Agricultural Research Service)
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Updated: 9/28/2012 8:10 pm
A horse from Waco in Madison County was euthanized Thursday due to the West Nile virus, according to officials.

So far this year, a dozen horses in Kentucky have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus, according to the state veterinarian's office.

To date, six of the horses have survived and six have had to be put down.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six humans in Kentucky have been infected with the virus this year.

According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, infected horses have been found in the following counties this year:
  • Bourbon
  • Franklin
  • Garrard
  • Henderson
  • Henry
  • Laurel
  • Madison
  • Metcalfe
  • Scott
  • Shelby
  • Warren
Health officials said until there is a killing frost, the West Nile virus will continue to be a potential problem.
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