Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Equine Viral Arteritis Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

June 30, 2006

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (O.I.E.) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Read More

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Michigan Experiencing Surge in Terrestrial Rabies Cases

June 30, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health’s Bureau of Laboratories has detected a total of 23 cases of rabies out of 986 animals tested through June 26, 2006. These include 18 bats, four horses, and one skunk. Over the same time period in 2005... Read More

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MRLS Cases in New Jersey

June 30, 2006

A farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in fields where there were Eastern tent caterpillars. Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center fo... Read More

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One Kentucky MRLS Case

June 29, 2006

The University of Kentucky’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) has reported one confirmed case of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this year. The case was from a farm in Boyle County that reported to have caterpillars at that time... Read More

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Australian Vets Urge Precautions Against Hendra Virus

June 29, 2006

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is urging horse owners in south east Queensland to keep feed and water under cover and to stable horses overnight where possible, following the identification of Hendra virus in a horse on the Sunshine... Read More

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North Dakota Logs First Anthrax Cases of 2006

June 28, 2006

(edited press release)

Two head of cattle have died of anthrax, the first cases of the disease reported in North Dakota this year. "This is a warning for North Dakota producers to talk with their veterinarians about having thei... Read More

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Neurologic Herpes 24-Hour Test

June 27, 2006

A rapid (24-hour) test is now available to identify neuropathic strains of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). This means in the event of an outbreak of herpesvirus, or if a horse has neurologic signs of undetermined origin, a veterinarian can take a... Read More

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Vesiviruses and MRLS?

June 26, 2006

Oregon State University researchers have reported a link between vesiviruses, which can affect a wide variety of mammals, and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). University of Kentucky researchers studying MRLS are concerned the results of... Read More

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Equine Internists Help Beau Beat Botulism

June 23, 2006

Beau's bright, interested eyes and shiny coat do not give any indication that he was at death's door just a few months ago. On June 1, the chocolate-colored Rocky Mountain Horse gelding was a guest for the American College of Veterinary Internal... Read More

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Oregon State Study Links Virus to 2001 Kentucky Abortions

June 23, 2006

Veterinary researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) announced today that they have linked a major abortion epidemic in Central Kentucky mares in 2001 to vesivirus infection. This marks the first time the virus has been... Read More

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Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed in Ireland

June 19, 2006

Agriculture authorities have confirmed Ireland's first recorded cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA). Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Food announced Thursday (June 15) that the disease was detected in a "small number of horses" in the... Read More

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Rabies Vaccine Recall Shouldn't Affect Horses

June 16, 2006

Vaccine manufacturer Fort Dodge Animal Health recalled about 330,000 doses of rabies vaccine recently after a vaccinated dog became ill with rabies. Horses are not likely affected by the recall.

"It's a product that's labeled for equine... 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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Strangles Outbreak Spreading Among New Forest Ponies

June 02, 2006

An outbreak of strangles among the wild New Forest ponies is spreading, according to an article in The Salisbury Journal, a United Kingdom weekly newspaper. (Read the full Journal article Read More

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Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More

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Help, My Horse is Too Fat!

June 01, 2006

Q: My 14-year-old mare has severe obesity problems. The veterinarian ruled out Cushing's disease because she does not exhibit the typical Cushing's traits. I am afraid to work her for fear that any... Read More

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Unexplained Swelling

June 01, 2006

I found my gelding lying down with swollen legs and a cut inside his nostril. Could this be a snakebite?... Read More

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Florida Farms on Alert in Wake of Confirmed MRLS Case

June 01, 2006

About 200 people gathered at an April 6 meeting at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. pavilion in Ocala, Fla., for an update on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The syndrome is believed to be responsible for at least three equine deaths in... Read More

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Electronic EIA System Approved for Exports

May 30, 2006

GlobalVetLink L.C., an Internet-based business designed to allow animal health authorities to track and regulate animal movement nationally, has developed technology now recognized by the USDA for international shipments of... Read More

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House Passes Pet Evacuation Act

May 25, 2006

On May 22 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, H.R. 3858, which requires state and local emergency management agencies to make plan... 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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Equine Rabies Cases Reported in Michigan

May 24, 2006

Horse Owners Reminded to Take Precautions

 

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Drought Pauses Florida EEE Cases

May 22, 2006

It's nearly June, and Florida's number of reported Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases is holding steady at six. Four cases have been confirmed as fatal, with two so far surviving.

The typical fatality rate for horses infected with... Read More