ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed five more cases of West Nile Virus in 2018, according to the Equine Disease Communications Center.

A 4-year gelding from Ft. Edward (Washington County) was euthanized on Sept. 6, 2018 after falling on Sept. 3. A 9-year old gelding from Lyndonville (Orleans County) is recovering. A 10-year old mare from Canandaigua (Ontario County); a 5-year mare from Lowville (Lewis County) and an 18-year old gelding from Eden (Erie County) are all recovering.

All are under veterinary oversight but not under quarantine.

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Three equine cases have been reported in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey. There have also been five fatal cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New Jersey.  

Horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate their horses and reduce standing water on their farms to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

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