CARSON CITY (AP) — The Nevada Department of Agriculture said a sick horse from Lyon County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Agency officials tell the Gardnerville Record-Courier that the tests show it’s important for horse owners to vaccinate their animals to protect them from the sometimes deadly mosquito-borne illness.
Mosquito surveillance pools from Lyon, Churchill and Clark counties have shown positive results for West Nile virus that also can sicken people.
There is no human vaccine, however.
Health officials urge people to avoid mosquito-infested areas, remove sources of standing water, and to wear pants and long sleeves when outdoors at dusk and dawn, when the insects are most active.