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January 14, 2005

West Nile Virus

I know it doesn't seem like it yet, but it won't be too many more weeks until spring will be here, and mosquito season will start again.

It is important that you consider taking precautions to protect your donkey and mule buddies from West Nile Virus in the coming mosquito season. Fort Dodge recommends that previously unvaccinated equines receive two doses of the vaccine at 3-6 week intervals with the second dose completed at least a month before mosquito season starts. Previously vaccinated equines should also receive at least one yearly booster. In some areas it is recommended that equines receive more than one booster per year. Please consult your veterinarian for a plan specific for your area.

Fort Dodge has a lot of information about Equine West Nile Virus and the West Nile-Innovator vaccine at http://www.equinewestnile.com.

The Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website has some good information and links about West Nile Virus in equines as well.

Here is a map of West Nile Virus cases in 2004

Now is the time to talk with your veterinarian about what is best for your area, and start planning your 2005 vaccination schedule.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 14, 2005 08:49 AM