Influenza

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Researcher Says Swine Flu in Horses 'Unlikely'

April 28, 2009

Can horses get swine flu?

Probably not, said Tom Chambers, PhD, who heads the OIE Reference Laboratory for Equine Influenza at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington.

Influenza viruses have an amazing... Read More

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Vaccinate Against Equine Flu to Minimize Spread of Disease

April 09, 2009

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection in horses caused by the equine influenza A type-2 virus. While influenza is not particularly harmful to affected horses (i.e., it has a very low mortality rate), it is associated with explosive... Read More

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Equine Influenza: Why Take Nasal Swabs?

April 02, 2009

Influenza is one of the most contagious diseases of horses and therefore requires a timely and accurate diagnosis to help prevent a major outbreak. This diagnosis can be achieved only by testing clinical specimens from nasal swabs.

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 01, 2009

Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More

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Stall-side Equine Influenza Screening Test in the Works

December 08, 2008

Synbiotics Corporation of Kansas City, Mo., announced at the 54th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) that a new screening test for equine influenza virus type A is under USDA review.

The test would... Read More

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Link Between Equine Disease Outbreak and Psychological Distress Found

November 09, 2008

During the outbreak of equine influenza that occurred in Australia in 2007, mental health researchers identified extremely high levels of psychological distress in horse owners and other people involved in the equine industry.

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The Wild Horse Dilemma

October 01, 2008

Thirty-seven years ago Congress passed the Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act with good intentions. When populations had tripled and it became apparent that these animals needed management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) created... Read More

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Australia's Newest Flu Scare Over

September 28, 2008

Tests on 74 horses have come back negative after a horse had a "weak positive test" for equine infuenza.... Read More

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University of Melbourne Offers Free Lecture on 2007 Equine Influenza Outbreak

September 20, 2008

The outbreak of equine influenza in August 2007 was as unexpected as it was savage. The overnight unraveling of the racing industry and scenes of distraught Pony Club members led news bulletins around the country.

The man at the centre... Read More

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Influenza In Perspective

September 01, 2008

The equine influenza (EI) epidemic in Australia is over: There have been no new cases since Dec. 25, 2007, and the country was declared provisionally free of EI on March 14, 2008. Large-scale surveys, both targeted and random, are under way to... Read More

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Industry Praised for Eradicating Equine Flu in Australia

August 25, 2008

One year after equine influenza was first reported in New South Wales, Australia, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said Aug. 24 that the state's horse industry is back on track.

"Exactly one year ago today our horse industries'... Read More

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New South Wales to Deactivate Equine Flu Outbreak Precautions

June 25, 2008

Precautionary measures retained in New South Wales (NSW) since the eradication of equine influenza was confirmed in February will end at midnight on June 30.

From July 1 an official Traveling Horse Statement will not be required before... Read More

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Australia's Equine Industry Won't Receive Influenza Bill

June 11, 2008

An Australian government official announced today that the horse industry would not be asked to pay for the expenses associated with last year's outbreak of equine influenza. According to the Read More

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IDEXX Now Offers 48-hour R. equi Testing Results

June 07, 2008

A rapid PCR test is now available through IDEXX/EBI to detect virulent or avirulent strains of R. equi bacteria, the leading cause of foal pneumonia. IDEXX noted that its R. equi test uses PCR methods that are more... Read More

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Equine Flu Vaccine Adds Protection from Additional Strain

May 13, 2008

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., has received approval from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for a line of equine influenza vaccines trademarked as Calvenza-03. Calvenza-03 EIV (equine influenza virus) and Calvenza-03... Read More

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Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More

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New Zealand Tests Imports for Equine Flu

April 04, 2008

New Zealand biosecurity officials are retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results that indicate the presence of equine influenza, the... Read More

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Influenza Vaccination

April 04, 2008

An overview of a common respiratory infection in horses, equine influenza.... Read More

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Australia Equine Flu Inquiry Wraps Up

April 03, 2008

Leaders of an inquiry into Australia's billion-dollar equine influenza outbreak finished taking evidence Thursday after five months and testimony from 200 witnesses.

Former High Court judge Ian Callinan, who will issue his report by April 25,... Read More

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Fighting Equine Influenza: Winning the Battle but Losing the War?

March 18, 2008

Over the course of a few short months, the Australian horse flu outbreak cost the country approximately $100 million AU ($92.6 million US) and caused racing, breeding, and other performance horse-related activities to effectively grind to a halt... Read More

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Australian State Declared Officially Free of Equine Flu

February 28, 2008

Almost exactly six months after the horse industry in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, ground to a halt due to an outbreak of equine influenza, government officials today declared the state free of the virus.

"It's official, horse flu has... Read More

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Understanding Equine Influenza

February 28, 2008

Influenza in horses, learning the basics.... Read More

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Australian State Extends Flu-Free Zone

February 25, 2008

The area of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, declared free of equine influenza was expanded an additional 2,800 square miles last week. This change significantly eases the transport restrictions placed on thousands of horses, said Ian Macdonald,... Read More

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Australian State Declared Free of Equine Influenza

February 14, 2008

Less than six months after the first horse was infected, all properties in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) have been declared free of equine influenza.

"I can say today that not one horse in NSW is now known to have equine... Read More