Possible West Nile virus case detected in Adelaide Hills
Equine authorities are on alert after the detection of a possible case of the West Nile virus-Kunjin strain in a horse in the Adelaide Hills. The South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions was notified of the development and while the case remains unconfirmed, PIRSA is urging horse owners and veterinarians to act with diligence. The virus, which can cause serious disease in both humans and horses, is transmitted by mosquitoes from animal-to-animal.
Initial testing did not determine if the antibody was from a recent infection or from a past infection, with additional testing being undertaken. Meanwhile, horse owners are being encouraged to manage mosquitoes on their property by removing potential breeding areas such as pot plants or water tanks and by rugging horses in the mornings and evenings as well as using insecticide to help reduce the incidence of bites.