Thursday, May 15, 2014
It’s mosquito-carried disease season and horses need to be protected.
Boyd Parr, South Carolina state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health, recommends horse owners stay current on vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus (WNV) and rabies for their horses.
“South Carolina’s first 2013 case of EEE was confirmed in June,” said Parr. “Now is an especially good time to vaccinate or give a booster on previously vaccinated horses.
“Vaccination is very important in our coastal counties because the majority of last year’s cases were identified there.”
In 2013, South Carolina led the country with 49 confirmed cases of EEE, which is a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses that also can affect humans. It is preventable by vaccination in horses. Horse owners should consult with their veterinarians to be sure vaccinations against both EEE and WNV are up to date.
To track the cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in South Carolina, see this map online.
None of the horses infected during 2013 had been vaccinated effectively according to a review of vaccination history reported to Clemson Livestock Poultry Health.