west nile virus

Vaccinating Horses With Cushing’s Disease

Nearly one-third of older horses will become affected by pituitary pars intermedia dysregulation (PPID, also called Cushing’s disease) in their lifetime. Horses with PPID have long, shaggy coats that don’t shed out well in the spring. These horses will also have drink water excessively, have abnormal fat deposits, abscesses or laminitis and experience chronic infections, […]

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Why Is West Nile Becoming So Virulent In Australia?

West Nile Virus in Australia has typically been less potent than other strains of the virus found around the world. However, a more-potent strain began circulating there in 2011. WNV infections were confirmed in 1,000 horses and 10 percent of those infected died. The original strain of West Nile in Australia was caused by Culex annulirostris mosquitoes […]

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First Case Of West Nile Virus In Kentucky

The University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed that a 7-year-old Paint horse has been infected with West Nile virus (WNV). Located in Boyle County, the horse presented with mild ataxia that was more pronounced in the front limbs. The attending veterinarian reports that the horse is responding well to treatment and has a favorable […]

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West Nile Virus: Still A Real Threat To Equines

West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, was first identified in 1999 and infected nearly 1,000 horses per year until 2006, when an effective vaccine was developed. In 2011, there were only 87 cases of West Nile, but the number of reported cases has been on the rise fairly rapidly, with nearly 500 cases […]

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Ward Off West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a serious disease that can have deadly consequences if horses are not vaccinated. WNV is now considered one of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) core vaccines, meaning that the vaccination should be given to any horse regardless of where they geographically live or if they travel from their home […]

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Bad Year For Bites: West Nile Confirmed In Additional AZ Mosquitoes

Phoenix was recently ranked as the 11th worst city for mosquitoes in 2019, with a significant increase in the mosquito population in the West Valley this year compared to 2018. Additionally, there is a significant increase in the number of mosquitoes that are carrying West Nile Virus. Thus far in 2019, there have been 68 […]

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Mosquitoes: More Than Just A Nuisance

Mosquitoes are annoying, but they’re more than just a nuisance—they can carry diseases that harm the neurologic system of both horses and humans. The diseases that affect both horses and humans include: West Nile virus (WNV) Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) Western equine encephalitis (WEE) Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) West Nile Virus (WNV) does not always […]

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Tricks To Keep Biting Flies At Bay

Though spring brings welcomed warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine, with it comes the reemergence of flying insects, many of which can be a nuisance for horses. The bites from horse flies, house flies, black flies, bot flies, mosquitoes, midges, ticks and more can cause itching, lesions and other skin issues. Flies and other biting […]

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Four Additional Cases Of West Nile Virus Detected In Kentucky Horses

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has confirmed an additional four cases of West Nile Virus in Kentucky. One horse was a 15-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse in Boyle County that had not been vaccinated for the disease. The horse was euthanized on Sept. 20. The second horse was 5 years old and located in […]

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