Protecting the Rez against West Nile virus<br>

Vaccination effort under way on Navajo Nation

WINDOW ROCK — In an effort to head off the West Nile virus, the Navajo Nation has begun vaccinating horses across the reservation, starting around the Farmington, N.M. area and has kicked off a massive public education campaign.

The West Nile Virus is a disease mostly spread from infected mosquitoes to horses, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease affects humans, horses and birds. One in three horses infected with the virus will die, while one percent of the humans will get severe forms of the disease.

“The vaccinations will continue for one month, and we will get out to all 110 chapters,” said Glenda Davis, program director of the tribe’s livestock and veterinary program. “Go to your nearest chapter, veterinary office, or look at the area newspapers for a schedule of the vaccinations.”

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