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While there is no vaccine to prevent West Nile Virus in humans, there is a vaccination available for horses. The Clay County Health Department suggests nine simple steps to keep your animals safe.
1. Vaccinate. Vaccination is most successful if completed prior to the mosquito season.
2. Clean penned areas regularly and manage manure storage to avoid standing water.
3. Dispose of any water holding containers on your property. This includes cans, tires and junked equipment.
4. Empty stock tanks or other containers used for watering every four days.
5. Reshape or improve barnyard areas to allow water to drain. Avoid drainage and streams.
6. Clean barnyard areas on a regular basis to reduce accumulated manure.
7. Gutter buildings, including barns, so water drains and will not stand in low areas of the barnyard.
8. Fence animals out of streams and drainage ditches.
9. Consider using a bacillus thuringiensis mosquito larvicide in water impoundments. Bacillus thuringicnsis is not toxic.
Following these nine simple steps will help reduce your animal's chance of contracting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito.