Attention to all Animal Owners. Beware of West Nile Virus

Attention to all Animal Owners. Beware of West Nile Virus first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

It’s not just us humans at risk of West Nile Virus, the mosquito transmitted disease infects other animals too. A recent report confirms a horse in Orange County has become the latest victim.

Orange County Horse is First Case of West Nile Virus in Virginia in 2015

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced on Friday the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse in 2015.  The horse, a five-year-old Choctaw mare, is from Orange County. The horse was not currently vaccinated for the virus.

Luckily, due to treatment at an equine veterinary hospital in Charlottesville the horse is now on the road to recovery and back home with its owner.

If you are a horse owner or someone who works in an environment with these beautiful creatures, then it’s so important to be able to spot the signs of this virus.

Of course, it’s not just west nile threatening horses when it comes to mosquito borne disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) can also prove fatal to our trusty steeds.

McMillan Advises Horse Owners to Vaccinate for EEE & West Nile Virus

EEE is a mosquito-transmitted disease that is much more severe than West Nile Virus (WNV). The mortality rate in horses from WNV is reported at around 30%, while the rate for EEE is almost 90%. Infected mosquitoes are the primary source for EEE.

Take your mosquito prevention to the next level and not only protect yourselves but your four legged friends too.

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