Vaccinate Horses to Protect Against EEE, West Nile
Spring has sprung in Virginia, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of mosquito-borne disease. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is encouraging owners to talk to their veterinarians about vaccinating to protect horses against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV).
In 2018, Virginia had two cases of confirmed WNV cases and eight confirmed EEE cases in horses in that state.
“The mortality rate for WNV is 30 percent and up to 90 percent for EEE,” said Charlie Broaddus, DVM, VDACS state veterinarian. “Vaccinations for WNV and EEE are highly effective in minimizing disease, if given
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