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Domestic pets including dogs, cats, birds, horses, alpacas and others can get West Nile virus from mosquito bites.

If a pet is infected with WNV, most will not become ill or show only mild symptoms and are expected to fully recover from the disease. Dead birds do not infect pets that come into contact with them.

There is no documented WNV transmission from pet animals to humans.

West Nile virus infections in unvaccinated horses may cause severe symptoms and up to one-third of unvaccinated horses die.

Protect your horses from West Nile virus by vaccinating them.

Horses require 2 vaccinations within a three to six week period to prevent infection. Previously vaccinated horses require one booster shot annually. Ask your veterinarian about protecting your horses from West Nile virus.