Originally Posted by poppy1356
Ok I see a few more cases in other states but still nothing in the midwest.
How would you go about making sure a new horse doesn't have it?
Poppy, Foxhunter is right, the vaccine can lessen the symptoms but it doesn't prevent the disease entirely and the neuro form is what is the most dangerous, though with a senior horse I'd worry about either form. The best thing to do is to maintain strict biosecurity with the new horse, no nose to nose contact, feed and water the new horse last as well as muck that stall last and always wash hands/ change clothes before feeding and watering the next day. Have a foot bath (dilute bleach should work) to step in after mucking stalls. Be careful of how buckets are filled, meaning don't put hoses down into buckets as disease can be spread if mucus and gunk gets on the hose and it is put into another bucket where it gets into another horse's water. And ALWAYS take twice daily rectal temps on new horses. A spike in temp can be your first indicator the horse is sick, before any other signs are present.
A note on vaccines in general: even if you are vaccinating for the right strain, it does not mean you prevent disease. Vaccinations are not 100% effective and every animal or person's immune system will react differently. They are our best means of reducing risk but by no means does vaccination mean complete immunity.