A Tiny Threat?

Do you believe West Nile is still a threat to your horse(s)?


Total votes cast: 896

Comments & Write-in Answers

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

Immunize yearly

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

mosquitos abound

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

skeeter's everywhere!!

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

once vaccinated

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

Better safe than sorry!

6/17/2009 10:51:12 AM


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

I vaccinated!

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

Quite possibly.

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

I vacinate

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


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

viruses mutate

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