This year, 2018 has seen a record-breaking number of West Nile cases. But now, a horse has passed away because of the deadly virus. Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued the warning to be careful and watch out for mosquitos that could be deadly.
As horseman and woman, it is nearly impossible to avoid mosquitoes. But we can take steps to reduce the risk. Try to avoid peak hours where mosquitos are around – from dusk till dawn. Wear long sleeves and pants or consider rescheduling your riding and barn work to mornings or early afternoons. Reduce water unneeded free standing or open water sources that attract mosquitoes and become breeding grounds.
For those of you wondering, symptoms and signs of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. Most cases of West Nile virus infection are mild and go unreported.
Source: westernmassnews.com. This is a terrible virus and our thoughts and prayers are with the horses who have suffered and the people who love them. Please SHARE this on Facebook and help raise awareness!