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Hancock County horse tests positive for West Nile

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Hancock County Health Department officials say the risk for West Nile Virus in humans is up after a horse contracted the virus near Sutter.

Melita Finney says horses are normally vaccinated against the virus, but she doesn't know if the infected horse had receive the vaccine. Finney says it's rare for a horse to get the virus and the mortality rate is high when they do get it, so she says people need to be extra cautious.

"They just need to take the same precautions as they were before, like not letting water stand in their yard, making sure their grass is cut, making sure their screens are fixed and using insect repellent with at least 10 to 25 percent deet," Finney said. "Wear long-sleeved shirts, long socks and long pants if you're going to be outside."

Finney said there is no West Nile vaccination for humans.

"We just have to make sure we're following prevention methods to protect ourselves from mosquitos," Finney said.

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