Horse, mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Will County
The Will County Health Department recently announced that a horse stabled in northern Will County tested positive for West Nile Virus on Aug. 23.
The incident marked the first Illinois horse to test positive for West Nile Virus this summer, according to the Will County Health Department. Still, Will County Environmental Health Director Elizabeth Bilotta believes it could be a harbinger of things to come.
"Because the mortality rate for horses with West Nile Virus is high, most Illinois horses are vaccinated against the virus and we don't see that many cases," Bilotta said. "When we do see a West Nile Virus-positive horse, it is generally just before human cases appear."
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