West Nile virus has spread to the horse population, with one animal dead from the disease and four others testing positive within the past week near the Santa Clarita Valley, a spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture said Friday.
The cases were all recorded in Piru and Fillmore in Ventura County, Officials said. “We’ve had five cases in Ventura County so far this year,” said Jay Van Rein. “Last year was the first major year (cases were reported),” he said. Normally the peak time for the virus is August and September, as the cases increase along with the mosquito population.
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