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Threat? Or Harmless?

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Do you view West Nile virus as a threat to your horse?

Yes
74%
130
No
26%
45

Total votes cast: 175

Comments & Write-in Answers

Mine are vaccinated so if vaccine is effective they are safe. I'm more worried about contracting its

10/8/2012 8:59:09 PM

always vaccinate yearly or twice a year if needed

10/8/2012 8:00:59 PM

in humid SE TX? You bet!

10/8/2012 9:01:17 AM

My horses are kept in two locations: beside the Kentucky River and on a farm next to 2 big ponds.

10/7/2012 7:58:40 AM

I have had a horse get WNV and it was debilitating, though she recovered. I vaccinate annually now.

10/6/2012 6:11:07 AM

I keep up on my vacs.

10/5/2012 11:49:34 PM

It is mosquitoville here in the NW.

10/5/2012 5:30:01 PM

Mosquitos are prevalent in north Texas at certain times of the year. I vacinate semi-annually.

10/5/2012 2:20:00 PM

Cases in horses and humans close to where I live.

10/5/2012 8:49:32 AM

Horses have died near us from it and we live near a swamp

10/5/2012 12:39:42 AM

Vaccination is cheap compared to the choice of treatment or euthanasia.

10/4/2012 11:15:03 PM

There is a lot of standing water adjacent to the barn and turnout -> alot of mosquitos

10/4/2012 9:38:39 PM

We had numerous mosquitos due to draught

10/4/2012 9:31:16 PM

I have a horse that almost died from West Nile. She got sick in January of last year.

10/3/2012 10:30:11 PM

I keep my mules' vaccinations up to date.

10/3/2012 9:08:37 PM

would not vaccinate if not a threat

10/3/2012 4:46:46 PM

Weather nearly eliminated mosquitoes in Eastern WA and horses are vaccinated

10/3/2012 1:15:21 PM

I've vaccinated him since 2001 and will continue to do so. My horse is my best friend.

10/3/2012 12:33:35 PM

It is not a threat if kept vaccinated.

10/3/2012 11:45:35 AM

vaccinated - just in case!

10/3/2012 11:07:42 AM

I live in a very wet area, (TN) so know mosquitos are always present.

10/3/2012 10:21:39 AM

We have had excessive rainfall all summer and we have had human cases of WNV.

10/3/2012 10:09:55 AM

My horses never leave the property

10/3/2012 9:50:48 AM

vaccinated

10/3/2012 9:31:43 AM

Living in Texas we've had a bad year this year already with many human deaths

10/3/2012 8:17:41 AM

Yes, and so I vaccinate 2x/year; we're in a high mosquito area

10/3/2012 7:17:37 AM

Mosquitos are ubiquitous, even in a drought, and potential infection consequences are too severe.

10/3/2012 2:45:14 AM

We vaccinate! and control mosquitoes on our property.

10/3/2012 12:30:39 AM

more reported human cases than ever..glad I can vaccinate my horses!

10/2/2012 9:37:15 PM

We live in Alaska and it is not a common problem here.

10/2/2012 8:33:26 PM

i vaccinate according to my vets recommendations.

10/2/2012 8:22:53 PM

Luckily have a good vaccine in Innovator to protect

10/2/2012 8:21:24 PM

vaccinate, try best to eliminate mosquito breeding, still worry!

10/2/2012 7:56:27 PM

They've had their vaccinations.I also get rid of any standing water.

10/2/2012 6:17:13 PM

We vaccinate

10/2/2012 6:13:48 PM

In 2009 I had to put my mare down because of West Nile.

10/2/2012 6:05:24 PM

Initially yes, but it is endemic now and horses have developed antibodies for it

10/2/2012 5:35:40 PM

Had one horse with WN just as it came to our area. She survived, but recovery not great

10/2/2012 5:25:56 PM

It appears to be a growing threat so we vaccinate yearly

10/2/2012 4:46:20 PM

We have had several in our county put down because of it.

10/2/2012 4:38:53 PM

It's a threat everywhere. I have a pond we travel all over.

10/2/2012 4:30:44 PM

There is enough iempirical data to support the need for a vaccine against it.

10/2/2012 4:05:54 PM

I live on Long Island where prevalence is high.

10/2/2012 2:49:41 PM

We've had no cases of WNV in this area recently; I do vaccinate though

10/2/2012 2:04:25 PM

We live in Central Florida, lots of water & swamps. They get thiere regular shots, but you worry !!

10/2/2012 1:48:20 PM

We keep our horses up to date on their vaccines, in at night and sprayed with a quality repellant

10/2/2012 1:21:11 PM

Confirmed cases in my county. Large pop. of crows & other known wild bird carriers in my area.

10/2/2012 1:05:34 PM

I do not view it as a threat to my horse because I have her vaccinated for West NIle.

10/2/2012 9:05:00 AM