DES MOINES — Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand has confirmed that two cases of West Nile Virus have been detected in horses living in the state of Iowa. The virus was found in a 15-year-old Thoroughbred mare in Davis Co., and a two-year-old Quarter Horse gelding in Union Co. These are the first confirmed cases of West Nile Virus detected in animals in Iowa in 2019.

The Department of Agriculture recommends that all horse owners talk to their veterinarians to determine if their horses should be vaccinated against West Nile Virus. Learn more about the West Nile Virus in animals here.

Humans can also contract West Nile Virus through mosquito bites. For tips on how to protect yourself, visit