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September 23, 2012

Farm briefs: Sept. 23, 2012

Horse owners urged to vaccinate

ALBANY — State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine is urging horse owners across New York State to vaccinate their horses against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). This is especially important since parts of New York have mosquito activity into late November.

Aubertine is reminding horse owners to vaccinate against these diseases due to recent cases of EEE found in horses in St. Lawrence and Westchester counties, along with a case of WNV found in a horse in Saratoga County. The Department of Agriculture and Markets has made veterinarians across the state aware of these confirmed cases.

Humans cannot become infected by handling or being exposed to an infected horse. Horses cannot spread either virus to or from other horses, people or pets. Mosquitoes transmit both diseases from birds to horses. Typical symptoms of EEE in equines include staggering, circling, depression, loss of appetite and sometimes fever and blindness. Clinical signs of WNV in horses include lethargy, weakness in the hind quarters, stumbling, lack of awareness, head tilt and head twitching, convulsions, circling, partial paralysis and coma.

Horses exhibiting neurologic signs, like those listed above, need to be promptly reported by veterinarians to the State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Animal Industry at 457-3502 in addition to their local Health Department.

Horses suffering from neurologic problems must always be handled with extreme caution, since they may be unpredictable and there is also the possibility that rabies may be the cause.

For more information on EEE and West Nile Virus in horses, visit:

Adirondack Harvest fall events featured

KEENE — Northern New York’s calendar is full of fall festivals and events

Laurie Davis, who coordinates Adirondack Harvest, the community-based farm and local development and promotion program, said these Adirondack Harvest celebrations provide consumers with opportunities to meet farmers, visit farms, taste products and become Adirondack Harvest members.

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