Vaccinations

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Vaccination, WNV, and Colic Fact Sheets Available

January 06, 2010

TheHorse.com is getting 2010 off to a great start with three more Fact Sheets on topics that are important to our readers. The new fact sheets cover vaccinations for your horse, West Nile virus, and equine colic. ... Read More

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West Nile Virus Risk Factors Identified

December 23, 2009

A variety of environmental factors might be related to West Nile virus infections in horses, reported a Florida research team lead by Leslie M.V. Rios, PhD, from the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.... Read More

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Aging Horses' Immune Systems Reviewed

December 11, 2009

Lymphoid cells are found to be weaker in older horses, thus, causing weaker immune systems as they age.... Read More

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New West Nile Virus Vaccines for Horses Approved

November 23, 2009

New equine West Nile virus vaccines have been approved by the USDA. The vaccine line, called Vetera, is manufactured by Boehringer-Ingelheim, a privately held pharmaceutical company.

The Vetera line of West Nile virus vaccines... Read More

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Merck, Schering-Plough Complete Merge

November 06, 2009

Merck & Co. Inc. has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation.

"With our merger now complete, we are ready to deliver on the promise of a new Merck built on ... Read More

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Boehringer Ingelheim to Acquire Some Fort Dodge Equine Products

November 03, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical group of companies, together with its U.S. animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., has closed its deal with Pfizer to acquire a significant portion of the Fort Dodge Animal... Read More

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Understanding Antibody Titers

October 20, 2009

One of the most often used and least understood immunological terms is antibody titer. But what does titer mean, and how can this information be used in assessing the immune status of a horse?

A titer is defined as the... Read More

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Free Rabies Vaccines for Some Rescue Horses

October 05, 2009

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health plans to donate 7,250 doses of EquiRab rabies vaccine to the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) in honor of World Rabies... Read More

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AAEP: Vaccinate Horses to Prevent Rabies

September 22, 2009

When a horse is infected with rabies, the outcome is invariably fatal. But taking the simple step of ensuring an annual vaccination for your horse will nearly eliminate your horse’s risk of contracting this deadly disease.

In observation of... Read More

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North Dakota Urges Livestock Anthrax Prevention

September 21, 2009

Livestock producers in areas with a history of anthrax cases should take measures to protect their animals from the disease, North Dakota animal health officials advise.

"We have just received confirmation of a case of anthrax in cattle... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Horse Diseases Update

September 06, 2009

Many equine health professionals are worried that because of the economic recession that's lasted more than a year, many horses are either not vaccinated or are under-vaccinated to protect them agasint common diseases.

According to the... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Equine Diseases Prevalent on Both Coasts

September 03, 2009

As of Aug. 25, Florida led the United States in the number of documented equine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease with mortality rates of around 90% in horses. Washington state officials had confirmed the most... Read More

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Maine Reports Five EEE Horse Deaths, Three Suspect

September 03, 2009

Five horses in Maine have died of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and animal health authorities are waiting on test results of another three "suspicious" cases, reported the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC)... Read More

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West Nile Virus: Washington Reports Highest Number of Cases

August 24, 2009

West Nile virus cases are popping up across the country, with Washington state reporting the highest number of equine cases.

As of Aug. 19, Washington animal health authorities had reported 12 equine cases. Other states reporting cases... Read More

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Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Might Offer Some WNV Protection

August 18, 2009

Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis might mitigate West Nile virus (WNV) infection in some horses, said a group of researchers from Japan's National Institute of Animal Health... Read More

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Europe Closing The Gap with New Vaccine Technology

August 10, 2009

A novel equine influenza vaccine using a specialized second generation ISCOM-Matrix adjuvant has resulted in a product that is not only safe and effective, but also capable of closing the so-called "immunity gap," reported researchers from... Read More

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WNV Reality Check!

July 30, 2009

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EEE Reports Prompt Horse Vaccination Push

July 27, 2009

Recent reports of several horses dying from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) serve as a reminder that horse owners should make sure their horses are vaccinated.

"We've always recommended that horse owners in Oklahoma vaccinate for it as a... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Vaccine a Work in Progress

July 15, 2009

North America is free of the African horse sickness virus, yet this disease poses an important threat should an infected horse or a biting midge that harbors the virus be introduced.

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New Strangles Vaccine Research in Progress

July 06, 2009

There are about 150,000 horses in Montana, about one-sixth the number of people living in the state. Whether they are used for pleasure riding, racing, ranching, or hunting, all of these horses are susceptible to strangles.

"Most horses wil... Read More

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EEE, WEE, and VEE (Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis)

July 01, 2009

Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis can be deadly, but they also can be prevented.

Author’s Note: My grandfather and his neighbors in southern Idaho lost several work horses to "brain... Read More

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Core Vaccines Protect Horse Health, Vet Reminds

June 29, 2009

This summer's warmer weather has horse owners out riding, tending to foals, and heading to shows and other activities. In the midst of it all, a Kansas State University veterinarian is reminding owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated.... Read More

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Botulism in Horses: A Deadly Disease

June 25, 2009

Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the... Read More

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Foal Immune Responses after WNV Vaccination, AAEP 2008

June 21, 2009

Vaccinating 5-month-old foals with a single dose of West Nile virus chimeric vaccine in the presence of maternal antibodies to West Nile virus does induce a cell-mediated response (in the foal). ... Read More