West Nile Virus found in 3 Utah horses, including one in Box Elder

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state officials say three horses have come down with the West Nile Virus.

The state Department of Agriculture and Food says horses have tested positive for the virus in Box Elder, Uintah and Iron counties. Officials are urging owners to give their horses the vaccination for the virus if they haven’t already.

Officials say the most common sign that a horse has the virus is weakness in its hindquarters that can cause the horse to stumble, lean to one side or drag a toe.

Officials say the virus is not transmissible from horses to people.

So far this year, West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquito pools in Utah, Box Elder and Uintah Counties with one person getting the virus.

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