(Des Moines) Horse owners are urged to vaccinate their animals this summer from West Nile Virus.
“This time of year is the time of year prior to the real high mosquito populations as far as for individual horse owners to do their vaccinations,” stated State Veterinarian, Dr. David Schmitt. “Last year we had 36-confirmed cases; which was really a significant increase because the year before we had only one reported case.”
Dr. Schmitt says with all of the standing water we have in Iowa, mosquitoes will be in abundance this year, and only humans, horses and birds can contact the disease. He says to re-vaccinate your horses even if they have done so in the past.
Iowa Radio Network
June 10, 2013