Horses at risk for West Nile Virus

Veterinarians at the University of

Missouri are warning horse owners to protect their animals

from two diseases spread by mosquitoes.

The equine veterinarians say flooding and warm temperatures have

created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. That increases

the risk of mosquitoes transmitting West Nile Virus and Eastern

Equine Encephalitis.

The experts urge horse owners should vaccinate their animals

against both diseases and give annual boosters. Owners also should

drain water from flooded pastures and paddocks and consider killing

mosquito larvae with nontoxic water treatment products.

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