(July 16, 2012 Stillwater, OK) – Evidence of a resurgence of West Nile virus (WNV) has state health officials warning Oklahomans to take precautions against the mosquito-borne illness this summer.
Surveillance indicators so far this year suggest that we are on track for a more severe WNV season. This summer and fall we need to take mosquitoes more seriously.
Use your mosquito repellent and proactively check the records of your equine patients or personal horses to make sure they are currently vaccinated with a WNV-containing vaccine. Make sure family members use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing when going outdoors. For the full story, visit http://go.usa.gov/wpz.
The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma. One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, it is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The center’s Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.
Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 |