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Maryland State Veterinarian Encourages Horses Stay Vaccinated

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MARYLAND- The recent heavy rains has  increased mosquitoes on the Maryland shores and the Department of Agriculture is encouraging horse owners to keep their horses up to date on their vaccinations for this reason. 

West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis are two potenitally fatal diseases for horses that are spread through mosquitoes, according to the Department of Agriculture. 

Horse owners that have had their animals vaccinated for the various types of encephalitis will still need an additional vaccination for West Nile Virus because they are different viruses. 

“Preventing a disease is always less expensive and traumatic than treating it, so we urge horse owners to be proactive and vaccinate their horses now that mosquito season is in full swing,” said Maryland State Veterinarian Michael Radebaugh. “Your veterinarian is the best source of information and advice for your horse and its health. We also remind veterinarians across the state that they must report any cases of equine arboviruses to the department.”

Symptoms of West Nile and EEE include fever, anorexia, depression/personality changes, wobbling and blindness among others. 

Horse owners are also encouraged to keep their horses inside during dawn and dusk to avoid mosquitoes. 

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