State Reminds Horse Owners

Beware of West Nile Virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s state veterinarian is reminding horse owners to protect their animals from West Nile Virus after a horse in Weakley County that contracted the disease had to be euthanized.

A news release from the state Agriculture Department says horse owners should work with a veterinarian to determine a vaccination schedule.

Because West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness, horses in areas with heavy mosquito infestations may require more frequent vaccination.

Owners should also eliminate mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water and regularly cleaning water containers.

They can also use equine-approved repellents and fans in the stalls.

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