The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting 210 equine cases of West Nile Virus in 26 states throughout the United States. Of these, two thirds of the cases have been located in Arizona, California and Wyoming. California has been hit hardest with regard to cases of West Nile virus in horses with 87 positive cases reported, followed by 61 in Arizona and 26 cases in Wyoming. However, in human cases Arizona has been hit particularly hard.
Vaccination is the best method of preventing WNV in horses. However, a specific protocol must be observed in order to ensure the most effective immunization.
Two fully-approved West Nile virus vaccines are available for horses. Each requires an initial series of at least two vaccinations, followed by periodic “booster” injections.
Owners should consult with their personal veterinarian about the vaccine most appropriate for their horses and how often booster vaccinations should be given.
As the national trade association representing the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and investments. Organized in 1969, the AHC has been promoting and protecting the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.
The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.