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Missouri horse owners urged to take precautions

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Groom Roman Trujillo, works on getting water off Kentucky Derby hopeful Midnight Interlude outside Barn 33 at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, May 1, 2011.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones) By Garry Jones Groom Roman Trujillo, works on getting water off Kentucky Derby hopeful Midnight Interlude outside Barn 33 at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Garry Jones) By Garry Jones

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Veterinarians at the University of Missouri-Columbia are warning horse owners to protect their animals from two diseases spread by mosquitoes.

The equine veterinarians say flooding and warm temperatures have created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. That increases the risk of mosquitoes transmitting West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The experts urge horse owners should vaccinate their animals against both diseases and give annual boosters. Owners also should drain water from flooded pastures and paddocks and consider killing mosquito larvae with nontoxic water treatment products.

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