West Nile Virus Kills Mule in Burleigh County
A mule in Burleigh Country has died after showing neurological signs of West Nile Virus (WNV).
North Dakota animal health authorities confirmed the mule have contracted WNV. Shortly after being diagnosed, the mule was euthanized. It had not previously been vaccinated against the virus. In horses, the disease is transmitted via bites from infected mosquitoes.
According to The Horse, horses with WNV will show flu-like symptoms, and will look mildly anorexic and depressed. Other signs may include twitching, hypersensitivity, changes in mentality, dementia, drowsiness, propulsive walking, and weakness. A veterinarian should be consulted for an accurate diagnosis and several symptoms are consistent with several other neurological equine diseases.
Just a few days ago, a Fargo woman was diagnosed with WNV. That was the fourth case within North Dakota reported this summer.
To learn more about the disease and how to prevent it, read more from the North Dakota Department of Health.