Poll Recap: Concerns About Equine Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Of the 274 respondents, 201 (73%) said they are most concerned about West Nile virus.
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We’ve all heard it: that annoying buzzing sound at dusk as your bringing horses to the barn. The heat and humidity of summer provides peak conditions for mosquitos to flourish and wreak havoc on horses and their owners.

These insects aren’t just annoying—they can also transmit several potentially deadly diseases that affect both you and your horses. In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers which equine mosquito-borne disease concerned them the most. More than 250 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 274 respondents, 201 (73%) said they are most concerned about West Nile virus (WNV), and another 49 individuals (18%) are most concerned about Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). Some 16 people (6%) said they’re most worried about Western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE), and the remaining eight respondents (3%) find Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis (VEE) the most concerning.   

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Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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