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RE: Re: West Nile Virus Vaccine for equines

GAAAAAAAA !!!! Please pardon me for raving but I'm living on the east Nile
and my horses are on the West Nile. 3 out of 5 of them tested positive for
WNV about 4 years ago. The riders in our area would LOVE to be tested for it
as well. The US government has a naval medical research center here, but can
any of us get someone interested in testing .....NO.  Egypt actually depends
on its equines for a major portion of the economy. If some farmer's horse
drops dead, it's a massive economic tragedy for his family. I'm sorry, but
it drives me crazy that within two years of WNV showing up in the US and
killing a couple of hundred (at the most) horses and people out of a
population of millions, there's someone working on a vaccine.....but then,
to be fair Americans can pay for such a vaccine. In a country like mine, we
NEED  that vaccine, but who can pay for it other than a few of the wealthier
breeders or riders? Sometimes things seem just a bit out of balance.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Cairo, Egypt

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry & Susan Milam []
Sent: September 10, 2001 4:19 AM
Subject: RC: Re: West Nile Virus Vaccine for equines

I believe the TV station is St Louis said there was a crow that was being
tested for it here as well. Haven't heard of the outcome yet.

Susan, in the St Louis area

----- Original Message -----
From: "baskhana" To: <tprevatt@mindspring.comSent: Thursday, September 06,
2001 1:53 PM
Subject: RC: Re: West Nile Virus Vaccine for equines

> If the viris was that close to me and there was a vaccine available, I
> have to give it.  FL lost some horses to it a couple of months ago AND it
> contagious to humans via the mosquito.  Looks like we need to be looking
> very closely at this.  Mary Ann
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Truman Prevatt <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 8:44 PM
> Subject: RC: West Nile Virus Vaccine for equines
> > My vet is not comfortable with it and believes it is an over reaction
> > healthy horses. The sample size was small and there are many
> drugs/vaccines
> > pulled off the market after reactions develop in the population at large
> > which have been tested on much larger populations for longer periods of
> time
> > than this one.
> >
> > His last Email to his clients stated that if the horse is healthy then
> > doesn't see it as an issue especially considering the uncertainty of the
> > vaccine. He's pretty good to keep his clients informed when there is an
> issue
> > like this one.
> >
> > Truman
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Lyn Dunbar
> > > My vet has just called to tell me that the West Nile Virus vaccine for
> > > equines was just approved and she has already gone through her first
> > > shots today.  She said for me to do some research (she knows I would
> :->)
> > > and think over the weekend about giving my two horses shots, and then
> > > could reserve shots when she gets her next shipment in the first of
> > > week.  She said that she is comfortable with the science behind the
> > > vaccine since it is the same as the ones for EEE & WEE that have been
> > > given for years.  Has anybody else heard anything about the vaccine or
> > > about infection rates of the virus?
> > >
> > > I am in Huntsville, AL and we have a confirmed case of West Nile virus
> in
> > > a dead bird in Birmingham (about 100 miles away) and now a confirmed
> case
> > > in Decatur, AL which is only about 30 miles away.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Lyn Dunbar
> > >
> >

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