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Recovering West Nile Horse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 7, 2013 11:32

West Nile Virus hits Saskatchewan horses

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 11, 2012 14:36

NOTICE: West Nile Virus in horses - update

To Sept. 7, there have been six (6) horses in Saskatchewan confirmed to have West Nile Virus. All six horses have been euthanized due to the severity of their neurological symptoms. These cases  have occurred in the RM 370 (Humboldt),  RM 65 (Tecumseh),  RM 121 (Moosomin), RM 137 (Swift Current), RM 38 (Laurier) and RM 395 (Porcupine), although this last case had recent travel history to the United States and likely contracted the virus there.

It is important to note that while listlessness and depression are often seen in cases of WNV in horses, in at least two of the cases reported here the horses remained bright and alert but remained recumbent due to severe neurological deficits.

Average daily temperatures have remained warm and above normal into the end of August and beginning of September. Though the season for the Culex tarsalis mosquito is almost over, horse owners and veterinarians should continue to watch for potential cases of West Nile Virus for the next few weeks.


Wendy Wilkins, DVM PhD
Disease Surveillance Veterinarian
Room 202
Animal Health Unit
Ministry of Agriculture
3085 Albert St
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 0B1
wendy.wilkins@gov.sk.ca
(306) 798-0253 (wk)

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Vaccination

West Nile Booster

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 13, 2012 20:37

Question:  Hi there. You did herd health for us earlier this spring. I was just curious...do we need a booster shot for the West Nile?
Thanks E.
Answer:  Hi E, If your horse has previously been vaccinated (in the past 2-3 years) you don't need a booster. If this is their first vaccine, yes you need to boost at this time. Thanks -Dr.D.

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West Nile, when to vaccinate?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 6, 2012 19:48

Q:  When should horse owners administer their west nile vaccine?

A:  The vaccine will be west nile plus ewt combo vaccine not just west nile virus. Best to give mid May to end of July because west nile is usually an August and September disease.
Boosting will give highest immunity in first 3 to 4 months afterwards even though protective for a whole year.
If you have a pregnant mare vaccinate one month before foaling.
If you have a foal of a vaccinated mare start a series of 3 vaccinations once a month at 3 months.  
If the mare was not vaccinated prior to foaling, start at 5 months which may mean for some it is November by the time foal is 5 months, which is after mosquito season. Those foals can be started on their series the following April so
April-May-June. Dr Lisa Wayman DVM.