Kunjin virus

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Kunjin Virus

Kunjin virus is a mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus which has caused outbreaks of neurologic disease in horses. In 2011, more than 1000 horses were affected by an outbreak that occurred in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. Kunjin virus is a strain of West Nile virus that is indigenous to Australia.

Symptoms

Depression
Mild colic
Muscle fasciculations
Increased sensitivity to touch and sound
Weakness
Ataxia
Facial paralysis
Twitching

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical Exam
  • Laboratory tests

Treatment


Supportive care

Scientific Research References

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Risk Factors

  • Horses that live in Australia