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Official: Four area horses test positive for West Nile virus

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Fri Nov 15, 2013.

GATESVILLE — Two horses in Coryell County and one each in Bell and Lampasas counties were confirmed with equine West Nile virus, according to a state health official, and horse owners are advised to consider vaccinating their horses against the virus.

The Coryell, Bell and Lampasas cases were among 10 confirmed during investigations by the Region 7 Zoonosis Control office of the Texas Department of State Health Services, according to a Nov. 6 email to county officials from state veterinarian Dr. Beverlee Nix.

Two of the 10 cases — one in Bastrop County and one in McLennan County — were fatal. The Coryell and Bell County horses survived, according to the email.

Brazos and Grimes counties also had nonfatal cases of the virus, according to the email.

“Horse owners who have not vaccinated their horses against West Nile Virus should consider doing so,” Nix stated in the email.

“Horse cases serve to warn us that mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus are in Central Texas,” the email stated. “We still need to avoid mosquito bites.”

In 2012, at least 10 cases of West Nile virus infecting people were reported in Bell County, with two deaths.

More than 70 people throughout the state died from the virus that year.

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