21 cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in horses, a higher rate than in previous years.

Provincial West Nile Coordinator, Doctor Phil Curry says horses are more suseptible to the virus and between 1 quarter and 1 third of infected horses will die.

Curry says thats why vets around the province are recomending you vaccinate your horses every year and a booster shot to follow up.

Curry adds while the numbers are high, they haven't hit the level of 2003 which was the busiest year for West Nile activity.