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Tennessee warns that livestock need to be vaccinated

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DYER COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

State officials are asking residents of West Tennessee to continue to vaccinate their livestock against mosquito-borne illnesses.

Two horses in Dyer County and Gibson County both recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. A horse in Chester County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Both are fatal diseases in horses.

Sick horses cannot directly infect people, but if a mosquito bites a sick horse and then bites a human, it can pass either WNV or EEE to the human.

While there are no effective vaccines for people against either disease, the equine vaccines are effective and can protect livestock against these fatal mosquito-borne illnesses.

“We typically think of mosquitoes as a summer-time pest,” state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “However, the record heat this fall has allowed mosquitoes to endure. It’s critical that livestock are current on annual vaccinations for year-round protection.”

In addition to vaccinating livestock, residents should eliminate standing water, wear long sleeves and pants while outside, and apply insect repellent.

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