West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Horse Owners Warned to be on Guard Against Mosquitoes and West Nile

5/2/2014

 

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick is warning horse owners to control mosquitoes around their animals to minimize the chance of their equines contracting West Nile Virus (WNV) and equine encephalomyelitis. West Nile is particularly virulent in horses, although not always fatal.

"Many insects, including mosquitoes, are likely to become active with the early warm weather we've experienced," said Commissioner Helmick. "The most important thing farmers can do is to eliminate standing water around barns and other places where animals gather and mosquitoes breed. Eliminating old tires or poorly draining areas can go a long way toward protecting your horses."

Mosquitoes breed only in standing water, so drying out potential mosquito nurseries is critical to keeping their population in check.

He said that acting now - before vegetation becomes too thick - can make it easier to spot potential problem areas and correct them before mosquito populations explode. He also recommended that people contact their local veterinarians about getting their horses vaccinated against West Nile and Equine Encephalomyelitis.

Currently, no drugs exist to treat WNV specifically in horses. Treatment for an infected horse consists of supportive therapy to prevent the animal from injuring itself. WNV cases are uncommon in humans, but in rare cases it can cause serious illness due to inflammation in the brain, spinal cord or nerves.

Animal owners should consult their veterinarians if an animal exhibits any neurological symptoms such as a stumbling gait, facial paralysis, drooping or disinterest in their surroundings. Currently, there are live-animal tests for WNV in horses and chickens, but none for other animals, although testing can be done on any dead animal.

The WNV and Equine Encephalomyelitis vaccine for equines initially requires two doses administered three-to-six weeks apart. The vaccine takes four-to-six weeks from the second dose for optimal effectiveness. Horse owners should consult with their veterinarians to choose a re-vaccination schedule to protect their horses effectively. It is also recommended that if horses are vaccinated in the spring, a late summer booster should be administered for optimum protection.

Mosquitoes can cause other serious disease in humans. Besides controlling mosquito breeding grounds, when mosquito contact is likely, it is advisable to wear long pants, long sleeves and an insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or ir3535.

WNV has been present in the United States since 1999 and is carried by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds. An infected mosquito can then spread WNV to birds, humans, horses and other animals. WNV cannot be spread from one person to another.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virgini­a. For more information, visit www.wvagriculture.org

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson
 
bdavidson@wvda.us