Outbreak-Alert.com Helps Keep Horse Owners Informed
Disease poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of horses. Whether you plan to travel with your horse this show season, hack on the trails or stay at home, it’s best to be informed about potential health threats that you might encounter.
Since its launch in 2011, thousands of horse owners and veterinarians have relied on the free “Outbreak Alert” program, which tracks confirmed cases of West Nile virus, Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis, Equine Herpesvirus, rabies, equine influenza and Potomac horse fever around the country. Those who have signed up and live in the region where a disease occurs receive a text and/or e-mail message alerting them when a potential threat is confirmed in their vicinity. Owners who travel with their horses can enter multiple ZIP codes in the site’s search field, allowing them to stay informed about diseases that are reported in areas they may be headed to.
“While the most effective way to help protect horses against many equine diseases is to vaccinate, staying informed about the threat of disease can also be a valuable tool for managing a horse’s health,” says Beckie Peskin, Product Manager, Equine Vaccines and Dewormers, Merial.
To sign up for the free service and learn more about equine diseases, go to www.outbreak-alert.com.
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