Re: [RC] The West Nile Thing, Part two - Truman Prevatt
Let me maybe bring some experience to this question. I had my horses
(7) vaccinated against WN last winter and they had their booster this Aug.
This was compliant with the current protocol. I have had two cases of WN.
These were not in my old (20 yo) or young horses. These cases were in our
current ridding horses - a 8 yo Arab and a12 you Arab with almost 2000 miles
- the last 50 on about the 7th of Sept.
Since I've had two cases - just lucky I guess, I've had a long talk with
my vet. First vaccinated horses are not immune to WN. I they get it they will
have less a problem, will take longer to show up and will - but according
to all accounts in U FL - 30% of the vaccinated horses will be susceptible
to WN. What seems to be the case in both humans and horses, susceptible will
get it - maybe be very mild but they will get it.
If you vaccinate - it will be milder, it will come on slower and the chance
for recovery will be much better and you will have longer to respond. But
if you do vaccinate you CANNOT ignore the symptoms of WN. While it may be
milder, if ignored it still can be fatal.
>From what I have heard and read, in 5 years WN won't be a problem. But
it's one now. So my advise is to do what you can to prevent it but don't
forget ot watch your horses and if you see something , CALL YOUR VET.
Both my horses are now happy and healthy - WN survivors.
Heidi Smith wrote:
Like Dr. Newell and others, I'm really
concerned by some of the statements made by Jennifer Judkins. The statement
below really shows a lack of understanding of the vaccination process:
- [RC] The West Nile Thing, Part two, Jennifer Judkins
- Re: [RC] The West Nile Thing, Part two, Heidi Smith