Mosquito-borne illnesses still a threat...in November.

Nov 16, 2016

Credit USDA

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  Hard to believe we’re still worried about this so late in the year, but the Tennessee State Veterinarian is warning horse owners to protect their animals against mosquito borne Equine Encephalitis.

 

Dr. Charlie Hatcher says horses are also vulnerable to West Nile Virus. Cases of both have been seen this year in West Tennessee.

 

  What should you watch for? Hatcher says be on the lookout for “Lethargy...wobbling and circling, and in some severe cases a horse could get down and be unable to rise.”

 

Hatcher advises working with your local vet to keep your horses protected and eliminate any standing water on your property.

 

A predicted hard frost this weekend, the first of the season, could put an end to the mosquito threat for the year.