The detection this week of West Nile virus (WNV) in sentinel chickens monitored for mosquito-borne diseases by DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section serves notice to Delawareans that mosquitoes remain very active, especially during unseasonably warm weather the state is now experiencing, and that precautions should continue to be taken against mosquito bites that could transmit WNV.
Late summer coincides with peak mosquito season, which brings an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for humans, but also for horses.
“Owners are encouraged to talk to their veterinarian about having their horses vaccinated against these viruses,” said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst.
With warm weather here and mosquito season under way, Delaware horse owners are being advised to make certain their equines’ vaccinations are current to protect against the threat of two potentially fatal diseases. Unvaccinated horses suffer most severely from both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, which are spread by infected mosquitoes and can be fatal.