Originally Posted by MIEventer
It is a deadly disease, and most horses who get it will end up resulting in death.
An infected horse is dangerous to uninfected horses - that is why the test is manditory.
But why I think it is rediculous - because your vet can draw blood, then the moment the blood is drawn your horse could be bitten by a mosquito and infected......
I hate it, but I have to do it to compete.
Ridiculous to you perhaps but peace of mind to many horse owners. Not all horses die. They can carry the virus but never become ill. The equine equivalent of HIV and AIDS.
Yes, the horse can be bitten by an infected insect after the blood is drawn but the test is the only way to stop the spread of the virus. There is no cure.