Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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A Hairy Situation

September 12, 2003

Another new word has been added to the equine world--setae (prounced see-tay). Why? Horses have hair, caterpillars have setae. There are some researchers who hold the belief that these hair-like projections on the skin of Eastern tent... Read More

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Irritating Caterpillars

September 12, 2003

While we all were irritated to some extent by the massive amounts of caterpillars in 2001 and 2002--stepping on them, having them climb our fences, houses, cars, gates, and everything else around our homes and farms--there is new evidence that... Read More

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West Nile Virus: The Fifth Year

September 10, 2003

Even with a conditionally approved treatment for West Nile virus (WNV) available, prevention is still key. As of Sept. 9, WNV equine cases had been reported in 37 states, and only four of the continental United States (Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and... Read More

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More on the Licensed WNV Treatment

September 10, 2003

Novartis Animal Vaccines announced Aug. 19 the conditional licensing and availability of the only antibody product approved by the USDA to help control disease caused by West Nile virus (WNV) in equids. This product helps an exposed animal by... Read More

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Hyperimmune Plasma for WNV Horses

September 10, 2003

Veterinarians have been using an antibody product to treat West Nile virus (WNV) clinical signs, but its use for this purpose is currently off-label (not approved by the USDA). Currently, the hyperimmune plasma product HiGamm-Equi, by Lake... Read More

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Suspect EEE or WNV Cases in Rhode Island

September 08, 2003

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has been notified of three suspected cases of encephalitis in horses in Rhode Island. All three horses are from Washington County and are being investigated for possible West Nile Virus... Read More

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Dutch, Israeli Researchers Developing West Nile Virus Vaccine

September 08, 2003

Crucell N.V., a Dutch biotechnology company, and the Israel-based Kimron Veterinary Institute are anticipating the approval of their veterinary West Nile Virus (WNV) in Israel in early 2004. Based on encouraging results from their early work,... Read More

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Study Shows Caterpillars Cause Fetal Loss in Pigs; Problems Similar to MRLS

September 08, 2003

Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) caused fetal loss in domestic pigs based on a recent study, according to a press release issued Sept. 5 by the University of Kentucky. The experiment demonstrated for the first time that ETC could... Read More

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Maryland Stallion Allen's Prospect Euthanized

September 08, 2003

Allen's Prospect, sire of 57 stakes winners and a hallmark of consistency, was euthanized Wednesday, Sept. 3, at age 21 following surgery at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for removal of a tumor under his jaw.

"He had a fast-growing... Read More

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West Nile Virus Treatment Licensed

September 05, 2003

Novartis Animal Vaccines announced Aug. 19 the conditional licensing and availability of the only antibody product approved by the USDA to help control disease caused by West Nile virus (WNV) in equids. This product helps an exposed animal by... Read More

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Detecting PHF in Oklahoma; Behind the Headlines

September 02, 2003

The recent confirmation of Potomac horse fever (PHF) in an Oklahoma horse was possible because of relatively new--and inexpensive--testing techniques that help speed diagnose of the disease. This allows horse owners to be alerted... Read More

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Dealing With EPM Today

September 01, 2003

While West Nile virus continues to dominate headlines when it comes to equine health, researchers are working to unlock the mysteries of that other, not-quite-so-new disease--equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). High on the list is... Read More

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Equine Influenza

September 01, 2003

Equine influenza is a common disease that causes acute respiratory signs. In nations with extensive horse breeding and racing industries, it is currently considered to be the most economically important respiratory disease of horses. The... Read More

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Focusing on the Flu

September 01, 2003

Equine influenza can strike a horse regardless of time of year. Competitive horses which attend events where other horses are congregated or horses which live in large boarding barns are particularly at risk. Not every horse which contracts a... Read More

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Roaring Down the Stretch

September 01, 2003

Most people who have been around horses long enough have heard a few make abnormal respiratory noises while exercising. These horses usually draw attention to themselves by the sheer volume of noise they create as they go around the show jumping... Read More

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis: Still on the Offense

September 01, 2003

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) case reports have risen into the hundreds already this year, with confirmation of equine cases in at least nine states. Florida has been hit hardest, with a total of 183 equine cases reported from 47 counties as... Read More

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Blister Beetle Poisoning in Florida

September 01, 2003

At press time, three horses had died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two others returned home following treatment at the University of Florida after eating alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivere... Read More

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The Latest on EPM Research

September 01, 2003

The annual American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists met July 19-22 with presentations on many equine-related topics. The EPM Society held a roundtable during that meeting after presentations from top EPM (equine protozoal... Read More

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Maryland Horse Tests Positive for Rabies

September 01, 2003

Maryland state veterinarian Phyllis Cassano, DVM, announced on July 3 that an Anne Arundel County, Md., horse had tested positive for rabies. The 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare had competed at the East Coast Barrel Bash in Harrington, Del., June... Read More

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Terrorism Targets

September 01, 2003

September 11, 2001, did more to the American consciousness than make us aware that we are vulnerable to something as heinous as hijacked airplanes being crashed into densely populated office buildings. The September 11 attacks also brought with... Read More

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First 2003 West Nile Virus Finding in California

August 27, 2003

The first evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) in California this year was found in mosquitoes collected in Imperial County near the Salton Sea, announced Diana M. Bontá, RN, DrPH, state health director,  on Aug. 20. Several flocks of... Read More

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PHF in Oklahoma

August 25, 2003

The death of at least one Oklahoma horse has been definitively linked to Potomac horse fever (PHF), a disease rarely found in the state, and two of her stablemates likely died of the same illness. The horse manager at the farm with the confirmed... Read More

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EEE Confirmed in New Jersey Horse

August 25, 2003

New Jersey officials announced last week that the state's first equine case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) since 2000 had been detected. The 8-year-old Thoroughbred in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, was euthanized Aug. 7.

"Eastern... Read More

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New WNV Antibody Treatment Explained

August 20, 2003

West Nile Virus Antibody is a prescription product, administered intravenously by a licensed veterinarian. It is an antiserum product that increases the antibody level in the circulatory system. This enhances an animal's ability to neutralize virus... Read More

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West Nile Virus Antibody Product Receives Conditional License

August 19, 2003

The USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a conditional license to Novartis Animal Vaccines, Inc., for the manufacture and distribution of West Nile Virus Antibody, Equine Origin, for treatment of disease caused by West Nile... Read More