CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) — Health officials say a horse stabled in Charlton that was diagnosed with West Nile virus has been euthanized.
The Charlton Board of Health met with town animal control officials Tuesday night and to let the public know that the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses remains.
Matt Gagner, health board chairman, tells The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/GSc9lc ) the horse recently fell ill so a veterinarian drew blood for lab testing. While people awaited the results, the horse's condition worsened, resulting in euthanization. The lab confirmed Friday that the horse tested positive for West Nile.
It was at least the second horse in the state with a confirmed case of West Nile.
State public health officials have reported eight human cases of the virus statewide this year.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com