Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Kentucky MRLS 2003 Update

June 30, 2003

There was some apprehension in Central Kentucky as to whether the elimination of cherry trees and spraying for caterpillars would be enough to decrease the numbers of mare reproductive loss (MRLS) abortions that occurred in 2001, and to a lesser... Read More

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EEE Strikes South Carolina; Georgia and Florida Continue to Log Cases

June 30, 2003

Veterinarians are scrambling to keep up with the number of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases that continue to emerge in the southeastern United States. South Carolina in the last three weeks had 17 equine cases confirmed, and about 25... Read More

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USDA Clarification on the Issue of the West Nile Virus Vaccine: Vaccine Safe for Use

June 26, 2003

From the USDA:

"Some recent stories have suggested that the Fort Dodge Animal Health West Nile Virus Vaccine approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may cause pregnant mares to abort or give birth to deformed foals. The... Read More

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Chemical Implicated in Causing MRLS

June 26, 2003

A research project has determined that it probably isn't a virus or bacteria (a biological agent) that links the Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Bill Bernard, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an internal medicine... Read More

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The Mycotoxin Problem

June 25, 2003

There can be a number of reasons why a horse might have performance problems. A diagnosis can be frustrating, but one reason that might be overlooked is mycotoxicosis. It wasn’t until recently that the significance of mycotoxins was realized,... Read More

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Veterinarians Debunk Suggested Link Between WNV Vaccine and Birth Problems

June 23, 2003

Despite recent media reports, Wyoming, Colorado, and USDA veterinarians say that there is currently no scientific proof to link the West Nile virus vaccine to aborted, stillborn, or deformed foals, and that horse owners should continue to... Read More

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Dietary Clues to Tying-Up

June 20, 2003

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, a type of tying-up) is an inherited disorder in Thoroughbreds. Research suggests that RER involves an abnormality in the regulation of calcium in muscle cells. High-grain diets have been implicated as... Read More

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84 Florida EEE Cases

June 18, 2003

The number of cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Florida has risen to 84. The cases have been found in 30 counties. Only 22 of the horses were alive at the time of reporting the disease, but according to officials, many of the horses... Read More

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Seven Cases of EEE Confirmed in SC

June 17, 2003

According to an Associated Press story in The Post And Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, Clemson University tests show that Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has killed four horses in Berkley County, S.C., during th... Read More

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Fort Dodge Speaks Out on WNV Vaccine

June 12, 2003

Over the course of the past few weeks, news articles and Internet rumors have surfaced regarding the West Nile-Innovator vaccine, the USDA-approved vaccine for protecting horses against West Nile virus. The rumors and misinformation pertain... Read More

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MRLS Agent in or on Caterpillar Exoskeleton

June 10, 2003

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture last week released the results of a recently completed experiment conducted by the Departments of Veterinary Science (Karen McDowell, MS, PhD) and Entomology (Bruce Webb, MS, PhD, and... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine: Adverse Effects in Mares?

June 09, 2003

Allegations that the West Nile virus vaccine might have caused abortions and deformed foals were made in a May 30 Denver Post article. Mare owners calling themselves the “Lost Foals Group” claim the vaccine has caused up to 1,200... Read More

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Insurance Provides Comfort to Horse Owners and Breeders Against West Nile Virus

June 03, 2003

In Canada, Alberta and Ontario horse breeders and owners insured through CBL Oxford Insurance and Canada Brokerlink can feel confident that its horse mortality insurance policies will provide compensation for any horses killed by the West Nile viru... Read More

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Alltech Symposium Serves International Audience

June 03, 2003

Attended by delegates from more than 60 countries, Alltech’s International Feed Industry Symposium provided an abundance of information for those involved with horses, poultry, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, agronomy, aquaculture, and companion... Read More

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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

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44 Florida EEE Cases

June 01, 2003

The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE) in horses has risen to 44 as of May 6 in north central Florida, according to Bill Jeter, DVM, diagnostic veterinary manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. This confirmed... Read More

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First WNV Case of 2003 Detected In Florida

June 01, 2003

One equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Florida had been confirmed by serological testing as of May 1, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida's state veterinarian and director of the Division of Animal Industry. This was the first reported... Read More

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Uterine Lavage Before Insemination Not Harmful to Fertility

June 01, 2003

Uterine lavage can be performed immediately prior to artificial insemination in mares without adversely affecting fertility, according to a recent study completed at the University of Idaho (UI) in Moscow, Idaho. The uterine lavage process is... Read More

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Equine Influenza Spreads in the U.K.

June 01, 2003

Equine influenza has spread to nearly 20 premises--mostly Thoroughbred training stables--in the eastern, central, and southern parts of the United Kingdom. "The reason (it's unusual) is because despite the fact that horses have been very well... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak Kills 300 Horses in South Africa

June 01, 2003

An outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) detected in late March in South Africa has killed 300 horses, according to a Pro-MED report. African horse sickness is a lethal virus spread by the Culicoides bolitinos midge, a species of small... Read More

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EHV Outbreak in England Unusual; Some Cases Could be EHV-4

June 01, 2003

"It's very unusual to get EHV-1 outbreaks all at the same time on different premises," said James Wood, BSc, BVetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DLSHTM, Dipl. ECVPH, head of epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in the United Kingdom, about the... Read More

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University of Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Interim Report--Comparison of 2002 and 2003

May 29, 2003

Jimmy C. Henning, Assistant Director for Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Former Extension Forage Specialist;and Wayne Long, Agriculture Extension Associate, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky... Read More

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First 2003 Kentucky Equine WNV Case Confirmed

May 29, 2003

Kentucky has its first confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an equine for 2003, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health reported on Thursday.
 
The 20-year-old pleasure horse is located in Madison County... Read More

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MRLS Workshop Proceedings Available

May 27, 2003

The Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station has published the scientific papers from the August 2002 workshop on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS convened at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. This information is... Read More

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Florida EEE Case Count Escalates to 68

May 23, 2003

The number of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases in Florida has risen to 68 for this year, further substantiating an earlier suspicion that 2003 will be a tough year for fighting the disease. Florida’s case count for all of 2002 was 25... Read More