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More Cases of Equine West Nile Virus in Virginia

September 18, 2002

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced Monday that additional horses have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total number of equine WNV cases in the state this year to 17.

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 17

September 18, 2002

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) or reported by state officials so far this year is now 5,380. That is an increase of 774 cases... Read More

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Pennsylvania Stops Testing Birds for West Nile Virus

September 17, 2002

Starting today through next spring, Pennsylvania’s West Nile virus program will no longer accept birds for routine testing in 29 counties. However, state officials are asking citizens to continue phoning 877/PA-HEALTH to report dead birds that... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 12

September 14, 2002

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) or reported by state officials so far this year is 4,606, as of Sept. 12. The cases are from 32... Read More

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Preakness Runner-Up Positive for West Nile Virus, Condition Improving

September 11, 2002

Magic Weisner, the popular gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Monday with West Nile virus (WNV), said Dr. Bob Vallance, a Maryland veterinarian.

Vallance, Magic Weisner's local veterinarian, has bee... Read More

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Saskatchewan Horses Test Positive for West Nile Virus

September 11, 2002

Six horses in Saskatchewan, Canada, have been diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV). Horse owners are encouraged to take preventive measures. A conditionally licensed vaccine can be obtained through your veterinarian.

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 8

September 10, 2002

Illness caused by West Nile virus (WNV) infection has been confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in equids from 30 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,... Read More

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More than 600 Equine Cases of West Nile Virus in Nebraska

September 10, 2002

The number of WNV cases continues to rise in Nebraska horses, with more than 600 testing positive with the disease. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture updated its numbers on Sept. 9, with 647 positive equine cases documented in 83... Read More

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Kentucky Equine West Nile Virus Case Count Climbs to 150

September 10, 2002

The number of cases of West Nile virus in Kentucky equine in 2002 reached 150 when 17 cases were confirmed on Sept. 6, the state Department of Agriculture reported.

The most recently confirmed cases were spread among 15 counties from... Read More

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American Quarter Horse Association, Foundation Present West Nile Virus Seminar

September 04, 2002

Anyone interested in learning more about West Nile virus (WNV), its effects on horses, treatments and vaccines are invited to attend a free seminar presented by the American Quarter Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Foundation's... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 2

September 04, 2002

Illness caused by West Nile virus (WNV) infection has been confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in equids from 28 states this year as of Sept. 2: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Q&A

September 03, 2002

The following information is from Rocky Bigbie, DVM, a representative of Fort Dodge Animal Health, the company that manufacturers the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine. Company officials recommend that horse owners consult with their own... Read More

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Equine Herpes Outbreak in Australia

September 03, 2002

A mare (or mares) imported from North America to Victoria, Australia, is believed to be at the center of the latest outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), or equine rhinopneumonitis virus, in Australia. 

As the Australian... Read More

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Officials Report 112 Equine Cases of West Nile Virus in Kentucky

September 03, 2002

Twenty-three cases of West Nile virus in Kentucky horses were confirmed Monday, the state Department of Agriculture reported. The number of Kentucky horses with the virus in 2002 now is 112.

The 23 horses confirmed today are of 10... Read More

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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

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Cataracts and Lens Problems

September 01, 2002

Everyone has heard of cataracts. We think of them as affecting older humans, and sometimes they are found in children and young adults. Yet, cataracts also are seen in horses. A cataract is an opacity or clouding of the lens (a large transparent... Read More

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Foal Loss Possible in Caterpillar Areas

September 01, 2002

Four interesting facts were brought to light because of the late-term abortion and Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) study that was recently completed at the University of Kentucky, according to Thomas Tobin, MVB, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl. ABT, of the... Read More

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Potomac Horse Fever Fatality in Kentucky

September 01, 2002

A Thoroughbred filly in central Kentucky recently succumbed to Potomac horse fever (PHF), a disease that is detected only once or twice per year in the Commonwealth. The cause of death was a mystery until test results were received from the... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 32 States and D.C.

September 01, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has continued its advance across the United States, making its debut in states untouched by the virus before 2002. In all, 32 states and Washington, D.C., had been affected this year as of press time (by the end of 2001, 27... Read More

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Kentucky Equine WNV Cases Reach 89

August 30, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Aug. 30 that 20 more horses have been confirmed with West Nile virus. That brings the total number of 2002 equine WNV cases in Kentucky to 89.

Of the 20 horses reported today, 12 are... Read More

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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.

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Recent Kentucky WNV Horses Not Fully Vaccinated

August 30, 2002

To clarify information released yesterday (Aug. 29) on two Kentucky horses which were reported to have been vaccinated yet contracteed
West Nile virus (WNV), the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office noted that those two horses had not receive... Read More

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The Path of West Nile Virus in Canada

August 30, 2002

Horse owners in Canada are becoming just as wary of the neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV) as their U.S. neighbors. The virus has already affected at least ten horses in the Manitoba province, and officials are recommending mosquito... Read More

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First Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Vermont

August 30, 2002

Animal health officials with the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food & Markets have confirmed that a horse in Franklin County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), ending three years of speculation as to when and where the first... Read More

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Researchers Lay Groundwork for Future MRLS Studies

August 30, 2002

The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). They put forth some ideas on how to... Read More