Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Researchers Share West Nile Virus Tips

July 01, 2002

Veterinarians experienced in the surveillance, treatment, and public education of West Nile virus (WNV) presented their research and observations of the disease at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine... Read More

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West Nile Virus Testing

July 01, 2002

A key in West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance is reporting disease incidence--WNV is a reportable disease in all states. Testing of suspect clinical cases is a service provided by the federal and state governments. It costs nothing at the national... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine: Where It's Been, Where It's Going

July 01, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has become a 365-day-a-year virus--new cases of disease have been detected every month in Florida since its initial appearance there last year, except for March of 2002. Where there are mosquitoes year-round, there will be... Read More

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Study Associates Caterpillars and Reproductive Losses

July 01, 2002

A recently completed collaborative effort at the University of Kentucky (UK) associated the Eastern tent caterpillar and its frass (excrement) and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). This is only the first step in looking at the... Read More

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Update on the Eastern Tent Caterpillar

July 01, 2002

The newest study on early fetal loss and Eastern tent caterpillars (funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation) began on May 21 and was scheduled to continue for three weeks. The research is led by internal medicine specialist Bill... Read More

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Horse Dies of Rabies at Pennsylvania Race Course

July 01, 2002

According to a recent report from the Daily Racing Form, a horse with rabies died May 12 at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. The 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding showed symptoms of rabies and was placed in quarantine before he... Read More

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Corneal Disease

July 01, 2002

Corneal diseases are collectively termed keratopathies. Keratopathies can be ulcerated or non-ulcerated, and infected or non-infected. Keratopathies can be rather benign diseases, or can be so severe that they result in corneal scarring and... Read More

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First Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Kentucky

June 27, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in a horse in Kentucky for the first time this year, according to the Kentucky state Department of Agriculture's Office of the State Veterinarian.

The Thoroughbred yearling colt from Fayette... Read More

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MRLS Update: June 20, 2002

June 21, 2002

Farm Survey Results

As reported June 11, 2002, 92 Kentucky Thoroughbred farm managers responded to a questionnaire to estimate the 2002 early fetal losses (EFL). Based on data provided, 92.3% of mares on these farms bre... Read More

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Poison Control: Spraying Pastures with Insecticides

June 19, 2002

No definite cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been identified, but a recent discovery that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) can cause early fetal losses (and likely contributed to MRLS) has scientists at the University of... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Texas

June 19, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed June 18 in two dead blue jays found in northwest Houston, Texas. Veterinarians at the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state's livestock health regulatory agency, are urging owners of horses, mules,... Read More

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Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss (Q & A)

June 17, 2002

A research project has identified an association between Eastern tent caterpillars and early fetal loss in mares (see http://www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=3634). Principle... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss

June 11, 2002

A recent study funded by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and several other entities, identified an association between the administration of starved Eastern Tent Caterpillars (ETC) and early pregnancy... Read More

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MRLS Monitoring Update

June 06, 2002

Report from Jimmy Henning, Extension Forage Specialist
Department of Agronomy
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Twelve horse farms and one hay farm are being monitored for several soil, pasture and... Read More

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The Spread of West Nile Virus in 2002

June 05, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) didn’t wait until the summer to start spreading this year—cases were reported as early as January. As of May 24, the virus had been found in 12 states. It was estimated that WNV would spread across the United States within... Read More

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Horse Dies of Rabies at Pennsylvania Race Course

June 05, 2002

According to a recent report from the Daily Racing Form, a horse with rabies died May 12 at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. The 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding showed symptoms of rabies and was placed in quarantine before h... Read More

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FDA Orders Recall of Mercury-Containing Drug

June 03, 2002

The government has ordered a nationwide recall of a horse drug sold over the Internet called Miracle Leg Paint, because it contains mercury that is poisonous both to horses and to people, according to an Associated Press report. 

Horse... Read More

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Fungal Ulcers in the Equine Eye

June 01, 2002

Fungi are microscopic plants that lack chlorophyll; they are commonly found in the hay, grasses, shavings, straw, and dust of a horse's environment. They normally live in balance with bacteria on the surface of the horse cornea and conjunctiva.... Read More

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Laryngeal Paralysis

June 01, 2002

Partial paralysis of the larynx prevents maximal opening of the equine trachea. Affected horses can move air, but breathing noises occur, especially during exercise. The most common form of laryngeal paralysis is recurrent laryngeal neuropathy... Read More

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Environmental Factor in Cushing's?

June 01, 2002

I have been treating an aging pony mare for Cushing's syndrome. She had been chronically foundering for three years when she abruptly started exhibiting diabetic symptoms. After reading your article on Cushing's and conferring with my... Read More

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MRLS Study Reaches Task Force

June 01, 2002

A new study has pinpointed several factors that predisposed mares to early fetal loss in Central Kentucky and nearby areas in 2001, but was unable to identify a specific cause. Feeding hay in pasture prior to abortion, a history of abortion in... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Confirmed in Virginia

May 30, 2002

Detection of a neurological illness in Virginia thought to be equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) myeloencephalopathy was recently confirmed as such at several laboratories throughout the United States.

The organism causing EHV-1 can cause... Read More

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Caterpillar Update

May 23, 2002

The newest study on early fetal loss and Eastern tent caterpillars began on May 21 and will continue for the next three weeks. The research is funded by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and headed by internal medicine specialist Bill... Read More

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Update on 2002 Early Fetal Loss in Central Kentucky

May 22, 2002

Figures generated from ultrasound... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey

May 22, 2002

Department of Health representatives from Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey have detected their first avian cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. Washington, D.C., reported its first WNV-infected bird on May 13, which was found May 1 ... Read More