Mosquito season means it’s time to vaccinate horses against West Nile Virus

From 3 News Las Vegas
April 18, 2018

The Nevada Department of Agriculture encourages horse owners throughout the state of Nevada to vaccinate against to the West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus can cause severe illness to a horse’s brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.

“Vaccinations, in conjunction with practices that reduce exposure to mosquitos, are very effective in protecting horses from West Nile Virus,” says ,” Dr. JJ Goicoechea, the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture monitors the West Nile Virus yearly, and other diseases carried by mosquitos closely to protect public health and safety, and the agriculture industry.

In addition to West Nile Virus, the Animal Disease Laboratory at the Nevada Department of Agriculture tests for two other widespread arboviral diseases: Saint Louis Encephalitis (SLE) Virus and Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) Virus. All three can cause severe disease and death in humans.

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