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According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), five equine diseases pose the greatest threat to your horse.1 Here’s what you should know.
Transmitted through infected mosquitoes, the EEE virus attacks the horse’s nervous system.
Found throughout North America, rabies is a viral disease transmitted from the bite of infected animals.
Transmitted through infected mosquitoes, the WEE virus attacks the horse’s nervous system.
Horses face ongoing exposure to tetanus bacteria in the soil. It is transmitted through puncture wounds, open lacerations or surgical incisions.
West Nile is transmitted through mosquitoes. Horses with West Nile experience fever, blindness and seizures.
The five core equine diseases threaten every horse, everywhere. Only annual vaccination helps provide the protection your horse needs.1,2
Rabies occurs 2.5x more in horses than dogs.3-6
Mosquitoes transmit 3 of the 5 core diseases.
One horse can expose many people to rabies.7
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1 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Core Vaccination Guidelines. 2012. https://aaep.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines/core-vaccination-guidelines. Accessed March 1, 2018.
2 MacKay R. Tetanus. In: Sellon DC, Long M, eds. Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier 2007:368-372.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rabies: Domestic Animals. 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/domestic_animals.html. Accessed March 1, 2018.
4 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Pet Statistics. https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics. Accessed March 1, 2018.
5 United States Department of Agriculture. 2012 Ag Census. https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_US/usv1.txt. Accessed March 1, 2018.
6 2005 Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States. Washington, DC: American Horse Council; 2005.
7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Horse Stabled at Tennessee Walking Horse 2006 National Celebration Tested Positive for Rabies. https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/resources/news/2006-09-09.html Accessed February 5, 2018.
*Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, DACVIM, dean of veterinary medicine, Kansas State University is a consultant to Zoetis.