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Vaccinating horses for west nile virus

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Posted by Tom A on September 06, 2002 at 04:26:34 from (

Just had a west nile horse fatality about 15 miles up the road, and there have been cases of it all around me. Closest is about 6-8 miles. We have few, if any, mosquitoes at my place--the little bit of standing water around has frogs in it.

The local papers are all spouting an emergency and saying all horses should be vaccinated, but I'm not sure how much of that is hype. Of course the vets want to come out and stick 'em so they can make a buck (my regular vet who I trust is on maternity leave and I can't get hold of her). I'm always concerned to use any new medical product, because it seems like half the time they "discover" that it is really harmful...2 years after everybody has used it.

So: should I vaccinate my mule and donkey against west nile virus? What are y'all doing with your equines?

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