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I am Australian
6/22/2009 11:45:09 PM
If people in my state have had it I am sure my horses could still get it!
6/22/2009 11:32:35 PM
In our area, with high misquito populations, and the reports of illness seems to move north yearly.
6/22/2009 10:07:12 PM
I think the threat was exagerated by the drug companies, as is usually the case. GREED based
6/22/2009 9:42:54 PM
mosquitos are everywhere
6/22/2009 8:47:16 PM
6/22/2009 5:07:03 PM
my horses are vaccinated
6/22/2009 4:15:27 PM
Although all 6 of my horses are vaccinated for protection against West Niles. Nothing is 100%
6/22/2009 3:44:43 PM
wide use of vaccines
6/22/2009 3:39:51 PM
6/22/2009 2:54:29 PM
I don't believe the rates have yet peaked in the NW US.
6/22/2009 2:40:07 PM
As long as there are mosquitos, it will be a threat.
6/22/2009 2:26:57 PM
No more than any other mosquito-borne illness
6/22/2009 10:05:23 AM
Other owners don't vaccinate
6/22/2009 8:13:08 AM
6/22/2009 6:53:24 AM
I think that if it is in the bird and mosquito population, they COULD contract it
6/22/2009 1:17:31 AM
We have a creek near by & therefore have lots of mosquitoes.
6/22/2009 1:00:38 AM
I live on the gulf coast
6/21/2009 9:47:12 PM
it is still a threat to all animals, becoming more so each year
6/21/2009 6:31:46 PM
Dead birds still found in county due to west nile.
6/21/2009 3:11:01 PM
even though i vaccinated, it is still a fear due to the increased amount of rain and standing water.
6/21/2009 9:38:04 AM
exists in my area
6/20/2009 9:48:05 PM
there is a pond on the property
6/20/2009 8:54:22 PM
6/20/2009 12:31:06 PM
Horses today are fed "junk food"; thus compromizing the imune system
6/20/2009 12:10:43 PM
Live within 50 miles of a recent case.
6/20/2009 10:23:10 AM
there are many horses in my area who have died from west nile. I vaccinate my horses.
6/20/2009 7:50:14 AM
There are still lots of cases annually in our area
6/20/2009 12:12:21 AM
because its from mosquitos and they are very plentiful here where i live,
6/19/2009 5:46:52 PM
I mantain a vaccination schedule every year and do not have standing water on our property
6/19/2009 4:18:18 PM
Vaccinate for West Nile each year; use flyspray; stable at dawn & dusk; minimize mozzie habitat
6/19/2009 2:21:26 PM
I vaccinate and monitor.
6/19/2009 1:38:08 PM
gMy mare got it at age 25 and is 30 now and is immune
6/19/2009 1:32:08 PM
there hasnt been a case in my area for 3yrs. also not many mosquitoes.
6/19/2009 1:26:54 PM
Mine are immune
6/19/2009 1:20:03 PM
West Nile has been discovered aleady in Wa state
6/19/2009 12:30:08 PM
I just lost my best mare to West Nile
6/19/2009 12:26:39 PM
We vaccinate and do not have a problem with mosquitos on our farm.
6/19/2009 11:54:03 AM
Only if they are not vaccinated correctly
6/19/2009 11:29:43 AM
6/19/2009 11:10:20 AM
due to abnormal rainy weather this year and water standing everyplace...mosquitos seem aggresive
6/19/2009 9:30:17 AM
lost a horse last year to WNV
6/19/2009 8:58:54 AM
regular vaccinations can prevent West Nile
6/19/2009 12:25:37 AM
Still mosquitos carrying virus!
6/18/2009 11:58:36 PM
More so to some regions than others
6/18/2009 11:55:15 PM
make sure there is no standing water and that the horses are vaccinated
6/18/2009 10:55:23 PM
As my horses and I live in Australia
6/18/2009 9:43:26 PM
With the loss of bats due to white nose disease, there will be more and more mosquitoes.
6/18/2009 8:17:59 PM
Abundance of mosquitos in my area
6/18/2009 7:09:32 PM
colorado springs discontinued monitoring
6/18/2009 6:58:16 PM
i live in an area where there are still reported cases.
6/18/2009 5:32:48 PM
Duh!!! It is now endemic throughout the USA. There is study after study and report after report.
6/18/2009 4:18:15 PM
There are confirmed cases in my area every year
6/18/2009 3:57:55 PM
the shot is not 100 percent; but so far so good - It's doing a good job vaccinating once a year.
6/18/2009 3:51:58 PM
Yes there is and prevention is better the no prevention and death
6/18/2009 3:06:17 PM
I think most healthy horses build a natural immunity to the virus.
6/18/2009 2:42:31 PM
We have had a lot of rain, so west nile is a threat
6/18/2009 2:40:49 PM
bad mosquito year
6/18/2009 2:02:19 PM
the vaccine and i havent heard of many postitive cases in horses in the past year
6/18/2009 12:53:01 PM
Any hot humid, wet year is a threat
6/18/2009 12:20:10 PM
not enough known about the disease
6/18/2009 11:15:37 AM
6/18/2009 11:08:51 AM
she has gotten the vaccine from our vet to prevent this
6/18/2009 10:53:33 AM
no one knows for sure
6/18/2009 9:09:51 AM
because my horse was rearing during his shot of west nile, and the vet only got 1/2 of the vacine in
6/18/2009 1:17:50 AM
mosquitoes are still out there and I feel that some still carry WN
6/18/2009 12:18:10 AM
more mosquitos than ever showing up in all areas
6/17/2009 11:41:13 PM
Until WN is eradicated, it will be a threat... vaccinated or not.
6/17/2009 11:39:16 PM
Which is why I vaccinate my horses yearly!! It's still a nationwide threat!!
6/17/2009 11:21:06 PM
Yes it is a threat as long as we have to vaccinate against it.
6/17/2009 11:01:27 PM
imy horses got the shots to prevent this
6/17/2009 10:14:35 PM
if u take extra precautions u can prevent it
6/17/2009 10:02:17 PM
lots of bugs and wet lands near me
6/17/2009 9:28:07 PM
Many bugs that can carry WN and is very deadly
6/17/2009 8:18:16 PM
She is vaccinated
6/17/2009 8:02:10 PM
Better safe than sorry!
6/17/2009 7:09:54 PM
The mosquito population has greatly increased in my area this year,& I have seen dead crows recently
6/17/2009 6:40:47 PM
Probably pretty great, only we have vaccines now, BUT.
6/17/2009 5:23:25 PM
heavy rain fall this year on the east coast
6/17/2009 5:02:31 PM
not confident in the vaccine as of yet
6/17/2009 4:05:35 PM
It is still out there, and horses remain unprotected.
6/17/2009 4:01:29 PM
Because there was a case here not to long ago!
6/17/2009 4:00:18 PM
I don't know!
6/17/2009 2:50:27 PM
There are quite a few mosquitos in my area and not enough bats to eat them
6/17/2009 2:34:22 PM
from mosquito surveys published
6/17/2009 2:13:02 PM
6/17/2009 1:24:19 PM
uncontrolled mosquito population and hot,humid climate
6/17/2009 12:55:26 PM
There is still moisture and the disease never disappears.
6/17/2009 12:54:15 PM
Birds in area have tested positive.
6/17/2009 12:46:56 PM
We have 18 genera of mosquitoes in AZ and yes we have water!
6/17/2009 12:28:05 PM
It is always a threat where mosquitos are.
6/17/2009 12:23:11 PM
In Thailand there is no report of outbreak
6/17/2009 12:07:14 PM
no more talk about wnv from the media. I believe it is all hype
6/17/2009 11:14:03 AM
mosquitos still carry the disease
6/17/2009 11:04:02 AM
6/17/2009 10:51:12 AM
AS LONG AS MOSQUITOES EXIST THERE IS A THREAT.
6/17/2009 10:44:55 AM
We live in a mosquito prone area.
6/17/2009 10:30:50 AM
Mosquitos can infect no matter where they live.
6/17/2009 10:13:31 AM
With the amount of rain that we have had, mosquitoes are in abundance.
6/17/2009 10:10:40 AM
It could kill my horse. We need to vaccinate.
6/17/2009 9:34:41 AM
wet, raining weather results in standing water and mosquito breeding grounds
6/17/2009 9:21:39 AM
As long as mosquitos are around I will vaccinate
6/17/2009 9:07:23 AM
It is a threat because it is endemic in my area (North Texas) and cases are diagnosed every summer.
6/17/2009 8:52:04 AM
still have mosquitoes don't we??
6/17/2009 8:47:52 AM
lot of rain and standing water in missouri
6/17/2009 8:43:26 AM
Especially this year with all the rain we've gotten in No. VA; mosquito paradise!
6/17/2009 8:35:23 AM
It's June and already on the news they said West Nile was showing up in South West MO
6/17/2009 7:11:23 AM
Yes, because we have lots of mosquitoes; but EEE is a much deadlier mosquito-borne disease.
6/17/2009 7:03:12 AM
I vacinate still to protect mine ponies.
6/17/2009 6:49:08 AM
They have had their shots and not many skeeters here
6/17/2009 6:29:28 AM
I believe that exposed horses developed immunity
6/17/2009 5:59:23 AM
unvaccinated horses are susceptible.
6/17/2009 4:46:09 AM
There are so many mosquitoes in our area. Vaccines are not 100 percent. Lots of cases all around us.
6/17/2009 3:14:20 AM
still in wild bird and mosquito populations; must vacinate!!
6/17/2009 3:11:20 AM
It is part of the environment now.
6/17/2009 2:24:27 AM
Yes. No guarantee that the vaccine will prevent even a mild infection
6/17/2009 1:37:49 AM
It never was
6/17/2009 12:20:57 AM
Lots of skeeters here in late summer to bring unwelcome guests
6/16/2009 11:56:28 PM
We are no longer a pristine population.
6/16/2009 11:56:16 PM
I live in Florida with a high vector population
6/16/2009 11:19:49 PM
it's not been elimiated, the disease is still here, the mosquitos are still here
6/16/2009 11:03:33 PM
Every year I think the threat is gone, then I hear of another outbreak. I don't want to take a chanc
6/16/2009 10:41:04 PM
one of our horses caught it this spring
6/16/2009 10:34:24 PM
6/16/2009 10:30:57 PM
have no reported cases where I live
6/16/2009 10:24:01 PM
They are vacinated, but it can still break through
6/16/2009 10:19:51 PM
consistent vaccination and mosquito control
6/16/2009 10:19:07 PM
yes, but not as bad as 2001
6/16/2009 9:52:12 PM
We just had a confirmed case here in Washington
6/16/2009 9:46:14 PM
6/16/2009 9:34:38 PM
I think WNV is going to be around for a long time. We need to be proactive owners.
6/16/2009 9:27:59 PM
i've seen a horse go down for the count with west nile. not my horse and never will be.
6/16/2009 9:14:57 PM
Rain+enormous mosquito population+many unvaccinated horses=lots of cases of West Nile!
6/16/2009 8:51:51 PM
In Texas - Yes!
6/16/2009 8:50:05 PM
I live in florida and they are horrible right now. I worry about that all the time.
6/16/2009 8:49:24 PM
I will assume it is unless my vet says otherwise.
6/16/2009 8:43:40 PM
I believe any blood sucking insect is a threat to my animals and myself
6/16/2009 8:42:11 PM
My horse has been vaccinated against it.
6/16/2009 8:27:19 PM
Not with vaccinations
6/16/2009 8:15:47 PM
Ya! It is and always will be!
6/16/2009 8:14:45 PM
might be minor threat but has pretty much run its course in the east
6/16/2009 8:13:19 PM
Mosquitos are still with us.
6/16/2009 8:13:15 PM
they are vaccinated for wnv
6/16/2009 8:00:17 PM
I vaccinate for WN, There are still reports of infected birds in my area.
6/16/2009 7:58:36 PM
We still have yearly cases in Tucson, AZ
6/16/2009 7:56:01 PM
I'm in California, and humans are still contracting.
6/16/2009 7:47:31 PM
I vaccinate regularly
6/16/2009 7:33:36 PM
Mosquitos are numerous in the NE - the carrier of WNV
6/16/2009 7:19:36 PM
because the vaccine isn't foolproof and there is more and more mosquitos!
6/16/2009 7:19:24 PM
But not a threat if you vaccinate against it regularly.
6/16/2009 6:52:11 PM
but not as much as other things
6/16/2009 6:49:37 PM
because there will always be mosquitos
6/16/2009 6:43:09 PM
Endemic threat to horses and people
6/16/2009 6:35:44 PM
In MN mosquitoes are thick here from May through Sept.
6/16/2009 6:26:34 PM
There is always the possibility of it still being transmitted
6/16/2009 6:24:35 PM
If mosquitoes aren't spreading West Nile they will spread something else! They're all over!
6/16/2009 6:23:36 PM
my veterinarian related new cases in my area last year
6/16/2009 6:18:56 PM
Infected dead birds have been found in my community.
6/16/2009 6:17:05 PM
somewhat of a threat but here there have been no reported cases in my area
6/16/2009 6:13:03 PM
not reported here yet, but could be in the future
6/16/2009 6:10:33 PM
absolutely, nothing is 100 percent !
6/16/2009 5:59:49 PM
I am certian that they have been exposed and are naturaly resistant
6/16/2009 5:59:42 PM
virtually all west has antibodies now
6/16/2009 5:54:05 PM
They are still finding infected mosquitoes
6/16/2009 5:33:57 PM
because some horses still get it
6/16/2009 5:14:44 PM
6/16/2009 5:09:51 PM
Mosquitos? Are they now extinct? Vaccinate until they are forever gone!
6/16/2009 5:09:40 PM
lots of water, lost a horse before and will not chance it again
6/16/2009 5:01:30 PM
not as much as before because i think they have more of an immunity now
6/16/2009 4:59:24 PM
Not to healthy adults that were born and live in Florida
6/16/2009 4:50:53 PM
there are still mosquitoes aren't there?
6/16/2009 4:45:21 PM
it's endemic by now, but like tetanus or rabies a reasonable not excessive risk.
6/16/2009 4:43:55 PM
I am in St. Louis County and West Nile has been confirmed in this area's mosquitos
6/16/2009 4:43:38 PM
Until the mosquitos carring WNV are eradicated, WNV will always be a threat
6/16/2009 4:41:35 PM
vaccinated and stabled during peak periods of mosquito activity
6/16/2009 4:39:32 PM
My vet told me it's been around enough in my area that vaccination was not necessary anymore.
6/16/2009 4:36:16 PM
They are still recommending vaccination in our area
6/16/2009 4:29:28 PM
Where there are mosquitos, there is the possibility of WNV.
6/16/2009 4:25:45 PM
wet spring - more mosquitos
6/16/2009 4:25:04 PM
West Nile doesn't always lead to encephalitis, or even WN fever. Outdoor horses already have titers
6/16/2009 4:14:30 PM
Live in Florida with lots of mosquitos
6/16/2009 4:04:52 PM
I do not know of anyone in S.W. MO that has had a problem with it.
6/16/2009 3:58:05 PM
My horse tested positive last summer.
6/16/2009 3:47:37 PM
We have our horses vaccinated annually, and one of our older geldings STILL caught it 2 years ago!
6/16/2009 3:47:04 PM
Just because vaccinated horses arent getting sick, doesnt mean the mosquito isnt still carrying WNV
6/16/2009 3:46:47 PM
part of country I live in
6/16/2009 3:45:30 PM
The virus is still present and continues to be carried by mosquitos.
6/16/2009 3:45:08 PM
still found in the area in pools and birds
6/16/2009 3:44:39 PM
Its in our area, documented by state pathologist
6/16/2009 3:41:03 PM
However, haven't heard of any cases in our area in a while
6/16/2009 3:39:26 PM
No cases in my state or surrounding states for several years
6/16/2009 3:38:29 PM
I continue to hear of people and horses becoming infected.
6/16/2009 3:37:56 PM
sentinel flocks show in my area
6/16/2009 3:37:38 PM
We had a rainly winter here AND we have MOnsoon season which dumps puddles of standing water
6/16/2009 3:33:33 PM
No - unless the equine is unhealthy
6/16/2009 3:22:13 PM
I don't think the carrier of it is eliminated
6/16/2009 3:22:12 PM
YES! 179 equine cases in US in 2008
6/16/2009 3:20:02 PM
There are still mosquitos
6/16/2009 3:15:55 PM
Our area is hot and humid. Prime breeding ground for Mosquitos.
6/16/2009 3:15:39 PM
I vaccinated 1st yr, had bad reactions, haven't vaccinated again. Not all mosquitoes carry WNV.
6/16/2009 3:14:10 PM
we're in Texas and so are mosquitos
6/16/2009 3:14:07 PM
misquitoes are the carriers and they are everywhere
6/16/2009 3:10:14 PM
6/16/2009 3:06:50 PM
6/16/2009 3:06:29 PM
You never really know what diseases those pesky mosquitos are carrying
6/16/2009 3:04:25 PM
With all of the rain in Oklahoma and the lack of a hard winter, mosquitos are horrible here.
6/16/2009 3:03:51 PM
The mosquitos still carry the disease. The risks outweigh the costs/inconvenience of vaccinating.
6/16/2009 2:58:09 PM
it's ability to jump species
6/16/2009 2:58:08 PM
I don't believe it is a serious threat because it is treatable and not necessarily fatal.
6/16/2009 2:57:58 PM
We live near a wetlands preserve - too risky not to give the WN shot!
6/16/2009 2:52:48 PM
We have mosquitos year round in Texas
6/16/2009 2:51:41 PM
Yes, it's very much a threat where I live.
6/16/2009 2:50:38 PM
Living near the Rio Grande River, the famous mosquito is always around!
6/16/2009 2:49:33 PM
I live in a wooded area with lots of mosquitos
6/16/2009 2:46:09 PM
Because my veterinarian gives my horses their West Nile vaccine every year.......
6/16/2009 2:46:07 PM
YES BECAUSE THERE ARE SEVERAL HUMAN CASES, HORSES ARE EXPOSED MORE THAN HUMANS ARE
6/16/2009 2:43:02 PM
I vaccinate and I trust my vet -- I take NO chances with the health of my Clydesdales.
6/16/2009 2:39:25 PM
I live in a bird flyway--it will always be a problem
6/16/2009 2:35:12 PM
Horse contracted west nile first year it reached Ontario. After that will ALWAYS vacinnate
6/16/2009 2:35:10 PM
6/16/2009 2:34:37 PM
Reduction in local government spending on vector control due to bad economy
6/16/2009 2:33:54 PM
Our farm is surrounded by a river, flood plain and a hay field. I still think it's a risk.
6/16/2009 2:32:56 PM
Because I live next to the dismal swamp and horses have contracted it close to my property.
6/16/2009 2:30:33 PM
It is a threat that has been reduced through good vaccination programs - the reason to keep it up!
6/16/2009 2:24:11 PM
Confirmed Cases here in state of Washington so, yes, there is still a threat!!
6/16/2009 2:21:20 PM
There have been West Nile horse deaths in my area.
6/16/2009 2:19:22 PM
because we vaccinate
6/16/2009 2:18:07 PM
We've had confirmed cases in area
6/16/2009 2:15:22 PM
there were positive cases in our state last year
6/16/2009 2:15:14 PM
After having the shot for years I believe they build an Immunity.
6/16/2009 2:13:16 PM
its endemic like EEE
6/16/2009 1:58:34 PM
not in the area
6/16/2009 8:29:34 AM
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