Horse vaccinations recommended

  • 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.

Comments

Notice about comments:

The Gazette is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not The Gazette.

If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full terms and conditions.

Upcoming Events
Poll
 Latest News
Print Ads
Latest Videos


The Gazette

© 2014 The Gazette an Evening Post Industries company. All Rights Reserved.

Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Parental Consent Form.