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post #11 of 14 Old 07-07-2010, 09:37 AM
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Right, but all it takes is 1 mosquito, biting 1 horse. Take my barn, we're surrounded by water where petomac is prevelant - who's to say that an infected mosquito couldn't arise out of nowhere?

40+ horses at the barn I am at, all it takes is 1, to infect the whole populous - and many of those horses compeate regularily in the LMHJA circuit.

Blood could be drawn in 1 day by 1 vet for the whole populous, before the mosquito shows up. Negative blood is taken with the vet, then *poof* a horse gets bitten....

Scarey if you think about it.

Being from Canada and being involved in the equestrian world troughout the majority of my life there, never having to do coggins, nor never hearing about it - I've never heard of horses being wiped out by this "disease". Coggin's isn't done there. Interesting.

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post #12 of 14 Old 07-07-2010, 01:10 PM
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Well, I've always been told that horses who travel extensively and between a lot of states should have a coggins test done every 6 months. Because of what you've said, MIE. But, like Speed Racer pointed out, if we can make sure there are no new infected horses each year, then your horse has a very very very slim chance of contracting it.

The mosquito or fly would have to bite an infected horse and then fly a LONG way to bite your horse. Because the disease doesn't come from the insect, itself. Rather the insect is just a carrier, it would have to have bitten an infected horse. So, if there are no infected horses within miles of you, your horse should be fine.

EIA used to run rampant during the early 1900s up until the 60s, so the test is extremely effective when you look at the small number of infected horses nowadays.

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post #13 of 14 Old 07-07-2010, 06:19 PM
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It is what it is.

Us "older" people saw how bad it could be back in the 60's.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-07-2010, 06:57 PM
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The mosquito or fly would have to bite an infected horse and then fly a LONG way to bite your horse. Because the disease doesn't come from the insect, itself. Rather the insect is just a carrier, it would have to have bitten an infected horse. So, if there are no infected horses within miles of you, your horse should be fine.
Ah, I getcha! That makes sense, I always thought it came from the mosquito itself, not an infected horse.

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