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Vaccinate your animals against WNV

As summer approaches, the mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV) once again poses a risk for people and animals. Equines are especially susceptible to the disease. As such, Butte County Public Health is reminding horse owners to vaccinate animals against WNV. For a list of local veterinarians, go to

Consult a veterinarian if you suspect your horse has been infected with WNV, which can mimic other serious neurological illnesses. Here are the signs:

• Stumbling or lack of coordination

• Drooping lips, teeth grinding or lip smacking

• General weakness, muscle twitching and/or tremors

• Sensitivity to touch and sound

• Fever

• Difficulty or inability standing

• Convulsions or coma