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Virus Found In Second Holmes County Horse

*The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is spraying to kill mosquitoes that could possibly be carrying the deadly West Nile virus. For specific spraying information, go to www.ccbh.net or call (216) 443-5679.

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that a second horse in Holmes County has been infected with the West Nile virus.

Agency director Fred Dailey said that the disease was found in a horse stabled in the county. That's exactly like the first case reported last week.

However, Dailey said that the two horses didn't have the same owner.

Both horses have been put to death.

In the latest case, the horse had not been vaccinated and showed symptoms of infection, including tremors and rear leg weakness, prompting the owner to have the horse checked.

The virus was first found in the state in a blue jay during the summer of 2001. It is carried by mosquitos and can be fatal to birds and horses but rarely to humans.

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