The New York State Dept of Agriculture announced the following today: Eastern Equine Encephalitis detected in a Westchester Co., NY Horse. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was detected in necropsy samples from an eight to ten year old Warmblood gelding today. The horse has been in Westchester County, NY, and Massachusetts for the last few weeks. The horse’s vaccination history in regard to EEE is not known. On 8-24-12, the Warmblood had acute onset of ataxia and increased digital pulses. The farm’s veterinarian examined the animal and initiated medical treatment and had to return within an hour, because the horse had dramatically deteriorated. The horse was severely ataxic, febrile, leaning and eventually went down. Since the vet and trainer noticed such a rapid, dramatic decline in the horse’s condition they elected to humanely euthanize the same day. There are other horses on the same premises but none are showing signs of illness and have since received a booster EWT vaccine. A necropsy was performed at the NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the brain was submitted to NYSDOH’s Wadsworth Center on 8/27/2012 for both Rabies and Arboviral testing. Rabies and West Nile Virus tests are negative.
Yup. Pretty much the same advice given by the 3 practices I work closely with. Only difference is one says revax if you're 2, 4 or 6 months out from the last booster. Since it's mosquito born, it's not something I'm monkeying around with. Mine got their booster yesterday.
One of the practice vets with whom I've worked closely recommends revaccinating only if last booster was given >4 months ago. His horse is on the cusp of that. He revaccinated her this past weekend. Take from that what you may.
I talked with my local vet yesterday, and he said that since I vaccinated my hroses this spring, we should be fine. HOWEVER, I am not comfortable with that!
Can I get the vaccines online without a script? EEE & WNV is what I'm looking for.
Vermont has a suspected WNV case right now...
Yes you can. In fact, if you want to just booster everything, my local Tractor Supply (and therefore probably most of them) has a 5-way shot (which includes EEE) and a WNV shot right in the cooler in store.