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Mosquito-Borne Diseases

AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis releases an app that will calculate horses’ risks of mosquito-borne illness.

September 13, 2013


AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis releases an app that will calculate horses’ risk of mosquito-borne illness.

Vaccinations are important for horse health and worth the investment, especially when considering the cost of disease and treatment. With a new West Nile Innovator app available from Zoetis, horse owners can now use the Equine Encephalomyelitis Calculator to evaluate the economic risk and expense of not vaccinating against certain mosquito-borne illnesses.

The West Nile Innovator app is available for free in the Apple App Store. The customizable Equine Encephalomyelitis Calculator allows horse owners to estimate the risks and costs associated with certain mosquito-borne viral diseases — including West Nile and Eastern, Western and Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis— based on the value of their horse. As a default, the calculator factors an average horse valued at approximately $2,500. The calculator predicts that, if left unvaccinated, this horse can have up to a 12.9 percent risk of clinical disease if West Nile virus affects the premises or barn. The calculator estimates costs to be up to $614.86 for a horse unvaccinated and just $47.91 for a horse vaccinated annually. With annual vaccination with WEST-NILE INNOVATOR, this horse can have up to a 30 times lower risk of West Nile.

Unvaccinated horses can be at serious risk of contracting diseases, particularly mosquito-borne illnesses, even in areas where the disease may not be common. The WEST NILE-INNOVATOR line of vaccines help deliver demonstrated protection against West Nile virus and aid in the prevention of viremia caused by West Nile virus, equine encephalomyelitis due to Eastern, Western and Venezuelan viruses and tetanus.

Horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate for these mosquito-borne viral diseases as part of the routine spring services that their veterinarian offers. Along with guidance from a veterinarian, the West Nile Innovator app with its Equine Encephalomyelitis Calculator can assist owners with their decisions on which vaccinations to purchase to help protect horses against these costly diseases.

Equine enthusiasts can learn more by visiting www.zoetisUS.com.