Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Texas; Kentucky Bans Livestock

May 24, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS), a disease with international implications for animal movement because symptoms mimic those of foot and mouth disease, was confirmed May 19 in western Texas. In response to that announcement, Kentucky Department of... Read More


Georgia Herd Hit by Strangles

April 21, 2004

According to an April 16 AccessNorthGa.com report cited on ProMED, a herd of about 115 horses in western Georgia has been quarantined because of a strangles outbreak at the farm. "Under an order by Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin dated 1... Read More


Foreign Animal Disease Investigations

March 30, 2004

"Veterinary practitioners are the cornerstone of foreign animal disease (FAD) surveillance in the United States," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National... Read More


USDA Instituting New Blood Test for Equine Piroplasmosis

January 19, 2004

Effective Feb. 1, 2004, the USDA will institute a new blood test for determining the equine piroplasmosis status of horses upon entry into the United States.

The competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (CELISA) is more sensitive... Read More


Great Britain Revises Codes on Infectious Diseases

December 11, 2003

Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board has extensively changed its codes of practice regarding the infectious diseases contagious equine metritis (CEM), equine herpesvirus (EHV), and equine viral arteritis (EVA), which can severely disrupt... Read More


Keeping Disease at Bay

June 01, 2003

Preventing communicable diseases from striking horses should be the goal of every horse owner. Despite our best efforts, however, there are going to be occasions when a communicable malady afflicts one or more horses at a private farm or public... Read More


EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More


Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital Management of Horses from University of Findlay EHV-1 Outbreak

February 28, 2003

Admission: Six horses were referred from the University of Findlay for emergency treatment. All horses had signs of neurological disease. One horse was dead on arrival on 19 January 03; this horse went directly to necropsy and was never... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus 1: Pathophysiology and Commonly Asked Questions

February 28, 2003

The following information was posted on The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital's web site Feb. 26. The author, Catherine W. Kohn, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, is professor of equine medicine and surgery at OSU.... Read More


OSU Equine Hospital Temporarily Closes for Cleaning and Disinfection; Three Horses Showed Neurologic Signs

February 14, 2003

The Equine Hospital at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has closed its doors to non-emergency horse admissions until Feb. 20, 2003. This action has been taken to allow disinfection of the hospital because of potential... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Outbreak Resolving; Strain Might be Atypical

January 29, 2003

The worst is over in the unusual equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that led to the death of 10 horses and has affected the remaining equine population at the University of Findlay’s English riding facility in Findlay, Ohio, since Jan.... Read More


Recovering from the Flu

December 01, 2002

There was recently a flu-like breakout at the barn where I board. How long do the horses need to stay isolated?... Read More


Summary of Recent Australian Quarantine Case

September 03, 2002

The Australian Horse Industry Council has congratulated the quarantine authorities for their action and decisions in the case of a horse that became sick during quarantine in Sydney.

Horse Council president, Dr Paul O'Callaghan said "The... Read More


Australian Shuttlers Released From Quarantine

August 30, 2002

In the wake of a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) test on a Canadian Standardbred horse, almost 50 Thoroughbred shuttle stallions were released from Australia's major quarantine station outside Sydney on the morning of Aug. 30.

The decisio... Read More


EIA in Georgia: Four Test Positive, 94 Quarantined

August 26, 2002

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced last week that four horses in Chattooga County tested positive for Equine infectious anemia (EIA) and have been euthanized. So far, 94 other horses in the county have had to be quarantine... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

May 08, 2002

Four cases of mysterious illness in Northern Virginia horses have been attributed to equine herpesvirus (EHV) myeloencephalopathy, a rare neurologic version of EHV type 1, which is typically recognized in its respiratory form as rhinopneumonitis... Read More


Biosecurity and Changes Since Sept. 11

January 16, 2002

Colorado State University biosecurity experts will discuss biological threats, how those threats have changed since Sept. 11, and how Colorado is protected at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Room A101 Clark Building on the university's campus in Fort... Read More


USDA Increases Veterinary Presence at U.S. Ports of Entry

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the hiring of 18 veterinarians to protect American agriculture against the entry of prohibited agricultural products that may contain foreign animal diseases like foot and mouth... Read More


USDA Exempts Iceland from Horse Testing Regulation

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule earlier this month that amends the regulations to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and... Read More


Piroplasmosis: The Olympic Question

October 15, 2001

(The following information was presented by Lee Brooks, DVM, the state veterinarian for Georgia, at the American Horse Council's Horse Health Committee meeting. Following this information is a summary from Georgia and the USDA giving... Read More


Breeding Facilities

October 03, 2001

Any way you look at it, building a barn is a major undertaking. Doing it right the first time, to avoid headaches later, is the smart approach. In addition to the usual considerations of location, aesthetics, cost, and... Read More


Solitary Confinement

October 02, 2001

There are few things sadder than a horse not in contact with other horses. A herd animal by nature, the horse always feels safest and most content when in company of others of his kind; isolation doesn’t come naturally to him. But in certain... Read More


Australian Racehorse Imports From the UK To Resume

July 13, 2001

Racehorses from the United Kingdom will be allowed to travel on direct flights to Australia for race meetings (such as the Melbourne Cup) following detailed inspections of pre-export quarantine facilities by senior veterinary officer ... Read More


Georgia Quarantines 41 horses, Tests 50 More For Equine Infectious Anemia

June 22, 2001

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said on June 15 that 41 horses are quarantined at 10 different North Georgia locations due to exposure to equine infectious anemia (EIA).

"We have tested these 41 quarantined in the... Read More


Australia Lifts European Ban, Restricts Import

May 18, 2001

Biosecurity Australia announced yesterday (May 17) that the March 14 ban on horses from foot and mouth disease (FMD)-affected countries has been lifted. Strict quarantine and disinfection measures have been enacted to maintain Australia’s... Read More