A Nevada horse was this week diagnosed with West Nile virus and had to be euthanized, the Nevada Department of Agriculture reported.
The 2-year-old horse was located in Churchill County and had not been vaccinated in the last 12 months.
The Dept. of Agriculture said West Nile was first detected in Nevada in 2003 and that peak years were 2005 and 2006.
While the problem isn't rampant in our state, Nevada State Health Officer Dr. Tracey D. Green said preventative measures should be taken.
"I cannot stress enough the importance of everyone to use repellent containing DEET and wear long sleeves, pants and socks when outside, especially during dawn and dusk. Also, remove any standing water from around your house and check to make sure your window screens fit properly," she said.
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