West Nile Virus Confirmed in Local Horses

TriCounty Health Department is urging those that haven’t, to vaccinate their horses against West Nile Virus. “We’ve been telling horse owners to get this done since the spring,” shares TriCounty Representative Jeramie Tubbs. “We may be headed toward the end of the the season but horse owners still need to be vigilant and get all horses inoculated.” The message is timely as two unvaccinated horses were reported this week to have West Nile Virus in Uintah County, one of which was euthanized, reports the Deseret News. Uintah County has had 35 mosquito pools test positive for West Nile Virus in multiple locations. Humans and horses are susceptible. Residents are urged to take precautions seriously if outside between dusk and dawn. Wear long sleeves and pants. Use a repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. Remove standing water and maintain screens and doors to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.