Northeast Indiana Counties Plagued by Horse Virus

By Peter Ambrose

Northeast Indiana Counties Plagued by Horse Virus

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2007 at 6:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 24 horses in 17 Indiana counties have tested positive for a viral encephalitis that is spread by mosquitoes.

In Northeast Indiana, horses have tested positive in Adams, DeKalb, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben.

The other counties were the disease has appeared are Boone, Daviess, Decatur, Elkhart, Hendricks, Howard, LaPorte, Putnam, Rush, and St. Joseph.

State health officials say the virus can also affect humans, although no known cases have been reported.

Sandra Norman is the equine director for the Indiana State Board
of Animal Health. She says it's the widest dispersion of the virus in Indiana in recent memory. And she says there probably will be more positive tests until freezing temperatures kill off the mosquitoes.

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