Fall and Winter Alerts for Horses
Due to the large numbers of shows, fairs, trail rides and other events involving horses, make sure that Coggins tests are up to date and current for all of the horses that you use for these events. Don’t forget about horses and other equidae taken out of state for hunting purposes.
We offer two types of in house Coggins tests for horses:
- Overnight test (AGID)- cut off time is 4:30 p.m.
- 2 hour test or Quick test (SA-ELISA) with a cut off time of 3:00 p.m.
West Nile Virus Cases in Central Texas
October 29, 2013- Due to recent rains and large numbers of mosquitoes, a few West Nile Virus cases in central Texas horses have emerged.
Three cases – horses living in Bell, Brazos and McLennan counties – have been investigated and confirmed positive this past week.
An additional five suspect equine West Nile Virus cases are under investigation. Initial reports link these horses to Brazos, Coryell, Lampasas, Limestone and McLennan counties, but it remains unclear at this phase of the investigations if the horses actually reside in those counties.
Prior to these October cases, only one other endemically acquired equine WNV case was documented. That horse resided in Grimes County.