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Oklahoma horse owners advised to vaccinate against West Nile virus

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Posted at 1:06 PM, Jun 14, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — Horse owners across the state of Oklahoma are being urged to vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis after increased rainfall.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry says that horses can be anorexic, depressed and show neurologic signs or behavior changes when they get infected.

Officials recommend that horse owners and event managers remain alert and consult with a veterinarian on a vaccination schedule.

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Oklahomans can reduce the risk of both WNV and EEE by eliminating standing water, which serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Anyone who notices a suspicious illness or possible neurologic disease is asked to contact the state veterinarians office at (405) 522-0270.

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