Smith County, TN – According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the 22-year-old horse has been euthanized.

State Veterinarian, Dr. Samantha Beaty, released the following statement:

“There are actions horse owners can take to prevent WNV. Good preventative care includes control of mosquitoes and vaccination against WNV. Work with your veterinarian on a vaccination plan for your animals and manage the environment around your animals to deter mosquitos.”

State officials said that mosquitoes transmit the West Nile Virus and although humans can contract the virus, horses do not transmit the disease to humans or horses.

Symptoms in horses may include fever, weakness, loss of appetite, or convulsions. 

Tips to prevent viruses include:

  • Eliminate standing water sources and damp areas where insects could gather and breed.
  • Manage manure and disposal.
  • Keep barns clean and apply fly sprays and insect repellants as needed.
  • Never share needles, dental, or surgical equipment among different animals.