vernon downs en West Nile Encephalitis confirmed in horse in Oneida County <p>A yearling horse in the town of Vernon has tested positive for West Nile Encephalitis, despite the fact the county has not yet discovered the virus in any mosquito pools during its summer monitoring.<br><br>The horse eventually became paralyzed in its hind legs, but was treated by veterinarians and has shown improvement. Ken Fanelli, a spokesman with the Oneida County Health Department, says it can be difficult to keep horses from contracting West Nile Virus.<br> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:47:44 +0000 Gino Geruntino 42541 at