Mo. Horse Owners Urged to Take Precautions

8 years 1 week 6 days ago Thursday, July 07 2011 Jul 7, 2011 Thursday, July 07, 2011 4:25:00 AM CDT July 07, 2011 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Veterinarians at the University of Missouri-Columbia are warning horse owners to protect their animals from two diseases spread by mosquitoes. The equine veterinarians say flooding and warm temperatures have created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

That increases the risk of mosquitoes transmitting West Nile Virus and Eastern
Equine Encephalitis. The experts urge horse owners should vaccinate their animals
against both diseases and give annual boosters.

Owners also should drain water from flooded pastures and paddocks and consider killing
mosquito larvae with nontoxic water treatment products.

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