Vaccinate Now to Protect Against Mosquito-borne Illness

Newsdate: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 - 01:27 pm
Location: SAN DIEGO, California

Ensuring that all horses get their spring vaccinations is the best way for horse owners to protect their horses and do their part to prevent Eastern equine encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and Western equine encephalitis. Unvaccinated horses may be at serious risk of contracting these mosquito-borne illnesses especially in areas where the diseases may not be common..

The risk of exposure and geographic distribution of EEE varies from year to year with changes in distribution of insect vectors and reservoirs important to the natural ecology of the virus.

Alhough Eastern equine encephalitis typically appears in the southern and eastern parts of the country, Michigan and California reported multiple cases of the disease. Eastern equine encephalitis is considered to be endemic in all areas of North America by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and all horses should be vaccinated against it.

About the Author

Flossie Sellers

As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.

She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.

Staying  up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..