Equine Disease Quarterly Celebrates 15 Years

15 years, one-and-a-half decades...however you want to think of it, this is the 15th anniversary of the inaugural edition of the Lloyd's Equine Disease Quarterly!

Lloyd's Underwriters and Brokers and their Kentucky agents have been staunch supporters of the publication of the Lloyd's Equine Disease Quarterly since its inception. That first edition in October 1992 heralded the initial distribution of 2,000 mailings to a variety of people in the equine industry. The Quarterly now is distributed to over 18,000 people in 94 countries on six continents. Each issue is translated into Japanese by the Equine Research Institute, Japan Racing Association in Tochigi, Japan, and also into Spanish, providing even further dissemination of equine information. Additionally, multiple lay and veterinary publications reprint individual articles from the Quarterly. Every issue is archived on the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center Web site (www.ca.uky. edu/gluck/Q_issues.asp) for reference.

In-depth, factual data interpreted in context is one of the goals of the Quarterly. Vast improvement in equine disease surveillance, diagnostics, biologics, pharmaceutical treatment, and medical/surgical procedures has occurred in the past 15 years. Many of these advances have been highlighted in the Quarterly.

Throughout the years of publication, the incidence of equine infectious diseases has been routinely reported from Kentucky, the nation, and the world. Like the Quarterly, horses are international travelers. They are 24 hours away from anywhere in the world, potentially taking disease conditions with them. The first issue of the Quarterly had brief news from the International Collating Centre. In this issue you'll read much more of disease activity from around the world. This increased reporting is due to enhanced and expanded surveillance that has evolved over the years.

Diseases travel. The last 15 years have seen some prime examples of foreign animal diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV) infection appearing in the United States, equine infectious anemia in Ireland, and most recently, influenza in Japan and Australia. Incredibly, an equine WNV vaccine was developed and licensed rapidly after the disease entered the United States. The Japanese/Australian influenza was diagnosed quickly due to improved testing methods, and the virus subtype was determined within approximately seven days of the first case.

Agroterrorism wasn't even thought of by veterinarians and animal owners in 1992. Now it is a household word. And, the need for disaster preparedness is highlighted by hurricanes, floods, wildfires, drought, tsunamis, and hazardous material spills.

In addition to sincere gratitude for the support of Lloyd's Underwriters and Brokers and their Kentucky agents, thanks is also due to many people: former co-editors David Powell and Lenn Harrison, current co-editors Peter Timoney and Neil Williams, and production staff Diane Furry, Martha Jackson, and Linda Millercox. To contributing authors, kudos for their efforts to disseminate factual equine information. To the readers, if it weren't for you, there would be no Lloyd's Equine Disease Quarterly.

Happy 15th Anniversary to all!

CONTACT: Dr. Roberta M. Dwyer, 859/257-4757; rmdwye2@email.uky.edu; Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

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