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Recombitek® Equine West Nile Virus Vaccine

Recombitek® Equine West Nile Virus Vaccine
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Why vaccinate your horse?
A.  Vaccination may be the only way to help protect horses from some diseases, preventing disease causes less stress than recovery from infection, and many diseases cause permanent damage or death.

Q.  What is West Nile virus (WNV) and how does it spread?
A.  WNV attacks the central nervous system, including the brain. It is transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and it can infect both horses and people. WNV is not contagious from horse to horse or horse to human. One in three WNV-infected horses may die. WNV continues to be diagnosed throughout the United States.

Q.  What are the signs and treatment for WNV?
A.  Horses with WNV often show signs related to a nervous disorder, including:
  • Lack of coordination
  • Stumbling
  • Excitability
  • Muscle trembling

Q.  How can I help prevent my horse from being infected with WNV?
A.  Preventing WNV starts with annual vaccination and good management. Since it is transmitted by mosquitoes, schedule annual vaccination prior to the mosquito season, and take steps to reduce mosquito populations.

Q.  Why is it important to reduce mosquito populations?
A.  Mosquitoes are the only way for your horse - or you - to contract WNV, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) or Western equine encephalitis (WEE). When you lower the number of mosquitoes, you lower the risk.

Tips to help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your horse:

  • Remove breeding areas, such as upside down trash can lids and discarded tires
  • Clean livestock watering troughs and birdbaths
  • Don't let water gather in wheelbarrows, gutters or unused water buckets
  • Use approved insecticides

Drs Foster and Smith Articles

Equine Vaccine Product Chart
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Vaccination Schedule for Horses
Vaccinate your horse against all diseases he may be exposed to, including at home or if you travel with your horse. This chart is a guideline of the vaccines suggested for some general ages and classes of horses.
Common Infectious Horse Diseases
Infectious diseases are those diseases that horses can get from each other, or via a vector, such as a mosquito, which may transmit the disease from horse to horse. Horse owners can vaccinate their horses against many of these diseases.
Equine Encephalomyelitis
Equine Encephalomyelitis is a disease that affects the nervous system. This disease is caused by at least three different types of equine encephalomyelitis viruses (Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan), which are carried by mosquitoes.
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