Battle the Outbreak

What steps have you taken to protect your horse during the recent West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak?

Vaccinated for WNV
Limited exposure to mosquitoes through management practices
Researched WNV by talking with my vet, reading articles on TheHorse.com, attending webinars, etc.
All of the above
Nothing, WNV was not a problem in my area

Total votes cast: 667

Comments & Write-in Answers

I believe my 4 yr. old mare had WNV and she made a full recovery with support.

11/5/2012 6:50:36 AM

Had a Tb get WNV while in Florida - survived with some neurological deficits

11/4/2012 7:47:56 PM

Only did vax for the young horses this year. Very low mosquito population this year (I saw two.)

11/2/2012 6:51:27 PM

I did everything everyone said to do, but lost my Thoroughbred 2 wks after treatment

11/1/2012 5:45:14 PM

don't believe in vaccines they are toxic

11/1/2012 4:24:28 PM

Have vaccinated for WNV for years

11/1/2012 10:29:41 AM

thank you for this interest

10/31/2012 8:06:17 PM

It is not a huge problem in my area, but you can never be too careful!

10/31/2012 6:56:16 PM

almost no mosquitoes here,to hot and dry

10/31/2012 5:58:58 PM

Not having the horses out at high mosquito times

10/31/2012 11:59:38 AM

Any horses we had going to a different 'area' were given a WNV booster as a precaution.

10/31/2012 10:43:02 AM

vaccinated, dump all standing water, goldfish in water trough,

10/31/2012 10:27:43 AM

We lost a beautiful healthy 10yo Arab gelding before the vaccine. Please improve efficacy

10/31/2012 8:14:37 AM

Knew a horse that contracted it. One sick puppy. Touch and go! Survived! Wouldn't wish it on any ho

10/31/2012 7:20:27 AM

vaccinate 2 times a year

10/30/2012 9:01:08 PM

To not vaccinate is just stupid!

10/30/2012 7:53:49 PM

Better to be safe!!! All done except attending a Webinar.

10/30/2012 7:44:25 PM

My younger horses get vaccinated....the older ones do not leave the property.

10/30/2012 7:05:12 PM

No utbreak here, thank goodness, but I still always vaccinate for protection.

10/30/2012 6:47:34 PM

My animals were vaccinated in the spring but we did not have the problem here.

10/30/2012 6:46:16 PM

In AZ desert we have summer storms, mosquitoes, & a chance for WNV, so take all steps necessary!

10/30/2012 6:41:00 PM

give the WNV shot every spring and try to minimize mosquito/fly environment all the time

10/30/2012 6:23:30 PM

By the time they discover the disease is around you can already be infected. Its easy to misdiagnose

10/30/2012 6:15:23 PM

Drought in NV virtually no skeeters this year

10/30/2012 6:09:04 PM

my horses are already vacc for it & i've researched it so didn't do anything extra

10/30/2012 3:19:50 PM

Our area has not been hit too hard this year, luckily

10/30/2012 2:57:47 PM

vaccinated 1 horse, other horse reacts badly to vaccines, so I also have mosquito management practic

10/30/2012 9:47:48 AM