West Nile Virus (WNV)

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British Columbia's First Equine WNV Case Likely Imported

September 25, 2006

A Canadian news service reports that British Columbia health authorities have recorded the detection of the province's first animal case of West Nile virus—a horse. However, the horse likely contracted the illness during a recent visit to... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases in Horses Continue to Climb

September 25, 2006

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 670 cases of West Nile Virus disease in horses have been reported this year.1 As the number of cases continues to grow, states west of the Mississippi... Read More

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Kentucky's 14th WNV Case Confirmed

September 20, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Sept. 20) the 14th confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state. Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, said an 8-year-old Thoroughbred filly was euthanatized in Lincoln County.... Read More

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WNV-Infected Horses Not a Predictor for Humans

September 19, 2006

A Canadian study concluded that horses infected with West Nile virus (WNV) were not a reliable indicator for future human infections. The study was published in the June issue of Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

Researchers at th... Read More

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Kentucky's 13th WNV Case Confirmed

September 19, 2006

Three Kentucky horses were confirmed as having West Nile virus (WNV) today (Sept. 19), bringing to total for 2006 to 13, according to Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. None of the horses were vaccinated;... Read More

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Veterinary Inspectors Needed For UK Livery Yard Licensing

September 18, 2006

With Livery Yard licensing likely to be introduced next summer under the new Animal Welfare Act the veterinary profession will have a key role to play.

While the final details of the legislation have yet to be formulated it is highly likely... Read More

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Kentucky's 10th WNV Case

September 13, 2006

The 10th West Nile virus (WNV) case of 2006 in Kentucky was confirmed today (Sept. 13), said Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. There were only nine total WNV cases in Kentucky last year.

Th... Read More

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Two More WNV Cases in Kentucky

September 09, 2006

West Nile virus (WNV) remains on the radar of Kentucky agriculture officials; two new equine cases were confirmed Friday (Sept. 8). Nine horses have been infected with the disease in 2006.

A 4-year-old Rocky Mountain Horse mare in Adair... Read More

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Intervet Introduces PreveNile WNV Vaccine

September 05, 2006

Intervet Inc. has announced the availability of PreveNile. The new modified-live vaccine (MLV) for horses is the first one-dose West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine available for primary immunization.

"PreveNile offers the most advanced WNV... Read More

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Seventh WNV Positive Kentucky Horse

September 02, 2006

Results of diagnostic testing received today from the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center on Friday, Sept. 1, confirmed the diagnosis of the seventh case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky this year, according to Rusty... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 31 States

September 01, 2006

Thirty-one states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated July 25). The disease has infected horses in 10 states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa,... Read More

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Sixth Kentucky WNV Case Confirmed

August 30, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office today (Aug. 30) confirmed the sixth case of West Nile virus in the state this year. A 6-year-old Belgian gelding in Christian County was euthanatized due to complications of the disease, noted Rusty Ford,... Read More

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Fifth WNV Case in Kentucky

August 24, 2006

A new case of West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed today (Aug. 24) in Nelson County, Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. This is the second WNV case confirmed in that county, and... Read More

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Two More Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 23, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Aug. 23) that two more cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses have been confirmed, bringing the total equine case count to four.

"Results of testing received today from the... Read More

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WNV Reported in Michigan Horse

August 18, 2006

Michigan's State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Halstead today announced the state's first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse for 2006. The horse was a 3-year old gelding from Washtenaw County. Dr. Halstead urges residents to take precautions... Read More

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Five Montana Horses Diagnosed with WNV

August 17, 2006

West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in horses in five Montana counties, state Livestock Department officials said Wednesday (Aug. 16).

Horses in Cascade, Glacier, Phillips and Yellowstone counties and a second horse in Flathead... Read More

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This Year's First Human Case of West Nile Confirmed in Pennsylvania

July 27, 2006

Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson today (July 27) reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania this year. The individual, a 43-year-old York County male, was hospitalized and released and has recovered.

"The fact... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 24 States

July 10, 2006

Twenty-four states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated June 27). The disease has infected horses in four states: Iowa, North Dakota,... Read More

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Equine WNV Case Detected in Wyoming

June 13, 2006

Today's online edition of the Casper Star-Tribune reports that Wyoming has logged its first animal case o... Read More

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Illinois Logs First Avian WNV Case for 2006

June 07, 2006

(Edited press release)

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced its first avian West Nile virus (WNV) finding for 2006. Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, said a crow collected by the DeWitt/Piatt... Read More

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New Hampshire Begins 2006 Testing for EEE, WNV

June 02, 2006

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) this week announced the beginning of statewide Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance season. The bird testing... Read More

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Mosquito Season Brings West Nile Risk to Humans, Horses

May 25, 2006

Wear Insect Repellant, Eliminate Standing Water to keep Mosquitoes Away

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The Buzz On Mosquitoes

May 03, 2006

Mosquito control experts and human health authorities are concerned that Americans are becoming complacent about protecting themselves and their horses against West Nile virus (WNV). They discussed this trend and new mosquito control techniques... Read More

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WNV: A Threat to Unvaccinated Horses

April 24, 2006

As spring approaches and temperatures rise, growing mosquito populations will increase the risk for deadly mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus (WNV) and equine encephalomyelitis (sleeping sickness).

Since its discovery in... Read More

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A New Model for Predicting Outbreaks of West Nile Virus

April 24, 2006

Infectious diseases were wreaking widespread havoc long before scientists had any idea what caused them. But knowing the pathogenic agents behind today's scourges is just the first step in protecting against deadly outbreaks. Roughly 75% of... Read More