2022 Equine West Nile Virus (WNV):

No cases have been confirmed in California in 2022 to date. 


2021 Equine WNV Summary: Thirteen Confirmed Cases

For 2021, a total of thirteen (13) horses were confirmed positive for West Nile Virus in California. The first case was confirmed on June 28, 2021 and the last case was confirmed on October 6, 2021. Horses ranged in age from 1 to 14 years old (mean 4 years, median 3 years), with 9 females and 4 males affected, and multiple breeds represented.

The positive horses were located in Amador County (1), Fresno County (2), Kings County (1), Merced County (1), Sacramento County (2), San Joaquin County (3), Stanislaus County (1), and Yuba County (2). Nine (9) horses were unvaccinated, two (2) horses had unknown vaccine history and two (2) were vaccinated. Eleven (11) horses are alive, one (1) horse died, and one (1) horse was euthanized. CDFA continually monitors and investigates equine neurologic cases for the presence of WNV in California. CDFA urges horse owners to consult their veterinarian concerning a WNV vaccination program to ensure maximum protection of their horses.