Preview, 2000 Review
E. Halpern, D.V.M.
PO Box 330
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Recommendations to minimize the risk of
West Nile Virus infection
For horse owners, managers and trainers
Eliminate the mosquitos' habitats:
Remove potential water collection sites or maintain in clean condition.
Potential sites include:
Clogged gutters and drains
Water troughs: traditional or automatic
Wash stall drains
Plastic wading pools
Unused swimming pools
Consult with your County Mosquito Agency
- Keep buckets, basins, gutters, drains and pools clean and debris-free.
- Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools and other water-collecting
equipment when not in use.
- Drill holes in the bottom of containers that cannot be discarded
and must be left outdoors.
- Clean and maintain swimming pools regularly.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on the
Request a site visit to:
Concentrate on the recommendations above instead of using methods which
are minimally effective mosquito control measures: e.g., fly sheets and
masks; repellents for long term control; fly misters; bug zappers.
Identify areas of concern
Get suggestions for clean-up/treatment
Identify possible sites for mosquito collection and testing
Contact your veterinarian and request a farm visit if your horse is
exhibiting any of the following clinical signs:
anorexia (off feed)
depression or listlessness
weakness of hind limbs
flaccid paralysis of the lower lip (droopy lip)
ataxia (difficulty moving or standing correctly)
inability to swallow
paresis (paralysis, complete or partial)
Immediate intervention may save your horse's life! Don't hesitate;
call your vet!