Horses Need Vaccine to be Protected from West Nile
State officials say West Nile Virus is continuing to take a heavy toll on horses. One of every two horses that contracts the disease dies from it.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Of the 158 horses, which have been infected with the mosquito-borne disease this year, 82 have died. Doctor Gregory Ferraro of the U-C Davis Center for Equine Health says the horses have one thing in common. FERRARO :06—All those cases and deaths with the exception of one are amongst non-vaccinated horses. Ferraro says it’s estimated that at least 75 percent of the state’s million plus horses have been vaccinated. He and other veterinarians are perplexed as to why all horses haven’t received the moderately priced treatment. FERRARO :07—It’s pretty clear that the vaccine protects the horses. It’s an excellent option to take, I don’t understand why more people aren’t doing it. The horse vaccine was introduced in 1999 on the East Coast. Since then it has worked it’s westward. There is no West Nile vaccine for humans. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.