Horse Owners: Consult Your Vets Regarding Vaccinations

Following floods, Texas animal health officials say mosquito-borne disease incidence could increase.

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With the recent rain and flooding across the state of Texas, mosquito activity is expected to increase. So, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials are encouraging horse owners to consult with their private veterinary practitioner regarding vaccinating their equids against mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Western equine encephalitis (WEE), Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE), and West Nile virus.

The commission noted that EEE, WEE, and VEE are reportable diseases to the TAHC.

A mosquito-borne viral disease of all equid species, EEE can cause horses to suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders. Signs of disease can include unsteadiness, erratic behavior, and a marked loss of coordination.

A viral disease that mainly affects horses, WEE is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes. Similar to EEE, WEE is characterized by central nervous system dysfunction

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