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Warding off West Nile

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOUR HORSE FROM THE THREAT OF WEST NILE VIRUS.
Birds are the reservoir for West Nile virus, meaning mosquitoes that bite an infected bird can then transmit the disease to horses and humans.
MAXFIELD WEAKLEY/SHUTTERSTOCK

It may seem as if West Nile virus has always been a threat to horses. However, it only arrived on the Northeastern shores of the United States just two decades ago in 1999. Within a short three-year period, the virus was found across the country in 15,000 horses in 41 states.

You might be asking, “How did it spread so quickly?” We’ll take a look at what West Nile virus is and how it affects your horse, the risks and how it is transmitted, plus specific preventive measures you can you take to protect your horse.

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