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Late Summer Brings Mosquito Borne Horse Viruses

By August 12, 2013

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When the dog days of summer set in there are a few health problems that become more prevalent in the horse world. West Nile Virus hasn't got the press as it did a few years ago, but it's still a concern for horse owners. Horses like people, can get WNV, and it's important to know what to look for. EPM also tends to be more prevalent in the later weeks of the summer months. This is a particularly deadly disease and not something you want to take a 'wait and see' approach to.

EPM is something those of us to the north have not had to worry about, but with milder winters allowing opossums to survive, EPM has spread northwards. While the majority of horses will not get these diseases, and if they do won't show symptoms of the diseases, it's important to know what the symptoms are, because quick diagnosis is essential to a good outcome. And if you recognize symptoms, it's important to call a veterinarian immediately as home care is not likely to be the best way to cope.

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August 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm
(1) Equine Abby says:

We just had our horses vaccinated this morning for West Nile Virus. Have not heard of any horses in our area with the disease but five people have it.

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