2 horses on Navajo Nation have West Nile virus

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say two horses have become infected with the West Nile virus.

The Daily Times reported (http://bit.ly/1k0bzEt) Friday that the Navajo Nation Veterinary and Livestock Program confirmed the diagnosis.

Navajo Nation Veterinarian Scott Bender says both horses showed symptoms such as fever, head droop and seizures.

The horses are from Hunter's Point and St. Michaels in Arizona.

Officials say horses are more susceptible to the virus, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The virus cannot be transmitted from animals to people or person to person.

People are urged to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites while horse owners are strongly encouraged to vaccinate horses.

Officials also advise the suspension of outdoor activities at sunrise and sunset, times when mosquitoes are most active.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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