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Recombitek® rWNV-EWT

Recombitek® rWNV-EWT
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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



Q.  What are EEE and WEE?
A.  Both EEE and WEE are central nervous system infections that are transmitted by mosquitoes and both pose a risk to horses and humans and are identified as core vaccinations that should be administered annually. Because of the public health risk, both diseases also must be reported in the United States. EEE has historically been restricted to all states east of the Mississippi River; WEE is usually restricted to Western and Midwestern states. Thanks partially to vaccination, outbreaks are becoming less common, but still occasionally occur - particularly in Florida and other southern states where the mosquito season is longer.


Q.  How are EEE and WEE spread?
A.  EEE and WEE are transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds, which do not develop the disease, but can act as a reservoir. Horse-to-horse or horse-to-human transmission is highly unlikely.


Q.  What are the signs of EEE and WEE and how can infected horses be treated?
A.  EEE and WEE affect horses in very similar ways to other diseases of the nervous system, with signs including:
  • Fever for 24 to 48 hours (WEE often does not progress beyond fever)
  • Depression
  • Hypersensitivity to stimuli
  • Involuntary muscle movements
  • Impaired vision
  • Aimless wandering or circling
  • Paralysis of the throat and tongue



Q.  Is there a treatment for EEE or WEE?
A.  There are no specific treatments for horses infected with EEE or WEE. Your veterinarian may recommend providing supportive care, including fluids and anti-inflammatory therapy. Even in horses that recover from either EEE or WEE, many can have permanent brain damage.


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


Q.  What is tetanus and how does it spread?
A.  Tetanus is a disease that affects the nervous system and brain, and can cause death. Almost all mammals are susceptible to the disease, but horses are the most sensitive of all species. The disease is the result of a powerful neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani.

Tetanus is not contagious, but it can be easily picked up by horses through puncture wounds or cuts from rusty objects in pastures or stalls.


Q.  What are the signs of tetanus?
A.  After an incubation of seven to 10 days, signs may include:
  • Colic
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving
  • Third eyelid protrusion
  • Spasm
  • Sweating
  • Labored breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Jaw contractions and lockjaw



Q.  How can I help prevent my horse from being infected with tetanus?
A.  The keys are good management and vaccination. For example, you can reduce the chance of exposure by keeping pastures and stalls clean and clear of rusty tools, wire and nails. Check and treat wounds - even small flesh wounds.


Drs Foster and Smith Articles

Equine Vaccine Product Chart
Horses should be vaccinated against all diseases they may be exposed to, including at home or if you travel with your horse. Discover & compare which horse vaccine is right for your horse.
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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