Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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N.H. Prepares for Another Year of Mosquitoes, EEE

March 26, 2007

New Hampshire is thawing out--and with the spring melt comes renewed worries over the return of mosquitoes and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

Towns in southeastern New Hampshire plan to begin their mosquito control programs in just a fe... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

March 26, 2007

Researchers connected to an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Ohio at the University of Findlay's English riding facility several years ago have recently published a report correlating age and specific clinical signs to horses' incidence... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus: California Cases Cause Quarantines, Cancellations

March 25, 2007

Articles by Lisa M. Krieger of MediaNews group posted today (March 25) stated that the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) had claimed the lives of three horses and caused illness in several others on the San Mateo coast in... Read More

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BHS Supporting Efforts to Eliminate Toxic Weed

March 23, 2007

The BHS is launching the first part of their 2007 Ragwort Awareness Campaign, urging all concerned parties to get pulling to prevent the spread of Ragwort.

They will once again be holding two Ragwort Awareness Weeks; April 2-8 and... Read More

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Impaction Colic: Risk Factors in Donkeys Pinpointed

March 23, 2007

While some of the differences between donkeys and their horse cousins are obvious, others take a little research to discover. Veterinary researchers from the University of Liverpool, U.K., performed a retrospective analysis on the rate and... Read More

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California Equine Herpesvirus Update

March 20, 2007

Five horses have been confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in San Mateo County, Calif. Results are pending on one other horse. Three horses have been euthanatized, and three are undergoing acyclovir antiviral treatment.

Wayne... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus: Maryland Lifts Final Hold Orders

March 19, 2007

The Maryland Department of Agriculture today (March 19) received the final outstanding equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) negative test results taken last week, for a total of 62 negative tests. As a result of these negative tests all properties... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Two California Horses Euthanatized

March 19, 2007

Veterinarians at the University of California, Davis, euthanatized two horses from San Mateo County last week after the horses showed neurologic signs and were confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). Three stables in the Moss... Read More

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Horse Rescued from Canyon Ravine

March 17, 2007

Volunteers rescued a horse that had fallen backwards into a southern Calfornia ravine on Mar. 16, according to reports from San Diego's ABC News 10 and Read More

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Toxic Chemical Identified as Cause of Maine Horse Deaths

March 16, 2007

According to Maine State Veterinarian Don Hoenig, VMD, an antibacterial additive used in cattle feed has been identified as the cause of death for seven Searsport horses, the Read More

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Herpesvirus: More Horses Released from Equine Medical Center

March 16, 2007

Horses at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center are being released from three of the four biosecurity perimeters that were established within the hospital. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services enacted... Read More

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Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Moves to Kentucky Horse Park

March 16, 2007

Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR), the only national organization that advances the conservation of land for horse related activities, has opened its new headquarters in the Kentucky Horse Park. The group says the impending loss of... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Equine Medical Center Quarantine Partially Lifted

March 12, 2007

A quarantine imposed on Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Feb. 20 due to an equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) infection has been partially lifted. Tw... Read More

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Increased Leptospirosis Abortions Reported in Bluegrass Region

March 12, 2007

The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center has confirmed 40 cases of equine leptospirosis in the Central Kentucky region from July 2006 until now, compared to two cases in the same time period last year. Researchers will be... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Additional Virginia Quarantines Lifted

March 10, 2007

Virginia State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes, DVM, has lifted additional quarantines imposed due to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

A farm in Fauquier County and the Marine Corps Base in Quantico have been released. The VDACS Web site contains... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus: Three Virginia Quarantines Lifted

March 08, 2007

Virginia State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes, DVM, yesterday (March 7) lifted the quarantine on one farm in Middleburg, Loudoun County. Although a horse on the farm might have come in contact with an EHV-1 infected horse at the Equine... Read More

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Herpesvirus: University of Connecticut Quarantine Lifted

March 07, 2007

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) quarantines in Connecticut have been lifted. The virus affected an equine hospital and the herd at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

On Dec. 24, 2006, a horse at Fairfield Equine Associates in... Read More

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Leptospirosis: Study Begins in Wake of Increased Cases

March 07, 2007

The University of Kentucky’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center said March 7 it has confirmed 40 cases of equine leptospirosis in the Central Kentucky region from July 2006 until now, and most of the observed cases have resulted in foal loss by... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Sixth Virginia Horse Positive

March 05, 2007

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced March 2 that a horse from a second farm in Loudoun County tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). This is the sixth horse from Virginia to test positive.... Read More

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Researchers: The Stigma of EIA is Misplaced

March 04, 2007

Equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever, is a viral infection/disease of equids that has been largely controlled in the United States through application of Coggins testing since the early 1970s. In many areas of the country,... Read More

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Herpesvirus Shuts Down Virginia Horse Shows

March 02, 2007

An outbreak of an equine herpes virus has prompted Virginia's state veterinarian to shut down all horse shows and public horse sales.

At least five horses have tested positive and several northern Virginia counties have been... Read More

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Herpesvirus Outbreak Update to be Presented at Virginia Tech

March 02, 2007

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) and Virginia Cooperative Extension will present "Update on the Neurological Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Outbreak in Virginia" on Tuesday, March 6, as part of an ongoing... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Maryland Lifts Additional Hold Orders

March 01, 2007

The Maryland Department of Agriculture yesterday (Feb. 28) received the final outstanding equine herpesvirus-1 negative test results taken last week, for a total of 30 negative tests. As a result of this negative test, a total of 10 of the 13... Read More

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Va. Public Horse Sales and Auctions Cancelled Until Monday

March 01, 2007

State officials have cancelled all public horse sales and auctions throughout Virginia. The move is part of continuing efforts to stop the spread of the highly contagious equine herpesvirus. It remains in effect through Monday.

Last week... Read More

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Colic and Digestive Health

March 01, 2007

Colic, defined as any abdominal pain, has resulted in the deaths of horses throughout recorded history, stated White. In fact, today it is second only to old age as the number one cause of equine deaths in the United States. White said it is one of... Read More