Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

March 12, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus vaccine at the West Nile Virus (WNV) Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More

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Classes Resume at the University of Findlay's English Riding Facility

March 10, 2003

Classes resumed today at the the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which has been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1).

The University ha... Read More

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California West Nile Virus Seminar

March 10, 2003

California is bracing for an onslaught of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses this year. N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, PhD, of the University of California, Davis, said that he and his colleagues expect to see the first dead birds infected with WNV in... Read More

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Equine Abortions In Kentucky Fall Behind Last Year's Pace

March 10, 2003

The number of reported equine abortions in Kentucky declined for the fourth week in a row, based on figures released by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) on Monday. The... Read More

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Herpesvirus Hits Hard

March 07, 2003

(Updated 3/07/03) Ohio and Pennsylvania have confirmed or reported cases of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1. But the worst problems reported thus far have occurred in Ohio, where 12 horses died in an outbreak at the... Read More

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Central Kentucky Abortions Down For Third Straight Week

March 07, 2003

Reported equine abortions in Central Kentucky are down for the third week in a row and overall abortions for 2003 are drawing even with the 2002 numbers. According to figures from the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center... Read More

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Speed Limit

March 05, 2003

The racing Thoroughbred is trapped between a rock and a hard place. The rock is speed, which evolved slowly by natural selection for 50 million years, then rapidly by human hand the last 500. The hard place is where we find our ward today, beset... Read More

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Herpesvirus Positives Keep Racetrack Shipping Ban in Place

March 05, 2003

Two additional positive tests for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) virus Feb. 26 were reported at Penn National Race Course. That prompted Philadelphia Park Racetrack to extend its ban on shipping into and out of the Grantville, Penn.,... Read More

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Help With Skin Problems

March 04, 2003

Many equine skin problems have not been fully elucidated (analyzed and explained) yet, but experienced veterinarians often will recognize a problem and confirm a tentative diagnosis, if possible, with an appropriate test. Owners need to realize... Read More

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Common Skin Problems

March 01, 2003

We used to call it the "creeping crud"--a colorful, youthful label applicable to any gross-out skin disease the horse happened to have (and not to be confused with the cold-and-flu-like symptoms in humans that earned the same appellation).... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination

March 01, 2003

The following responses to questions are from Rob Keene, DVM, a field technical consulting equine veterinarian with Fort Dodge Animal Health (FDAH), manufacturers of the West Nile virus vaccine.

 The West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine i... Read More

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Fescue Allergy?

March 01, 2003

I have a 6-year-old Arabian gelding who used to spend up to about 12 hours a day on our fescue pasture. As a 4-year-old, he developed lesions on his three white legs on the cannon bone area that were crusty, raw underneath, very sore, and... Read More

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Ohio EHV-1 Outbreak; Strain Might Be Atypical

March 01, 2003

The worst is over in an equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) outbreak that thus far has caused the death of 12
horses, and scientists are still studying the virus to see if it is somehow different from the normal EHV-1 strain. The outbreak,... Read More

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Emerging Disease in Foals

March 01, 2003

A bacteria that causes weight loss, colic, diarrhea, and hypoproteinemia (abnormally low protein in the blood) in foals is being seen more often in North America and Europe. The affected foals are usually four to eight months old, but can be... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Aborted Kentucky Fetuses

March 01, 2003

Evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) was found in 35 aborted fetuses in Kentucky since July of 2002, according to Lenn Harrison, VMD, head of the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington. "We have handled about 400 aborted fetuses... Read More

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New Treatment for Endotoxemia

March 01, 2003

Michelle Henry Barton, DVM, PhD, of the University of Georgia, recently completed a project on treating endotoxemia with polymyxin B (PMB), an alternative to endotoxin antibody products. The drug PMB kills many Gram-negative bacteria and also... Read More

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More Pigeon Fever in Kentucky

March 01, 2003

The bacterial disease "pigeon fever," also known as dryland distemper, usually is seen west of the Mississippi--especially in California and southwestern states--but it has been recognized in Kentucky and Florida in increasing numbers in recent... Read More

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Blood Test for Ovarian Tumors

March 01, 2003

Granulosa-theca cell tumors (GTCTs) are usually tentatively diagnosed by rectal palpation and ultrasound examination after an owner complains of poor performance or aggressive, sexual, stallion-like behaviors. However, the diagnosis can't be... Read More

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Lasers for Removing Skin Masses

March 01, 2003

Skin masses in horses have historically been removed by surgical excision (cutting them out). Regardless of the type of mass, the surgeon's goal is to remove all of the tissue, limit hemorrhage, and prevent infection while achieving the best... Read More

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When Your Horse's Muscles Ache

March 01, 2003

Equine muscle injuries are often elusive, leading to frustration for the rider and a challenging diagnosis. ... Read More

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Preventing EPM

March 01, 2003

Saville presented a summary of what is known about EPM, and he believes that with better understanding of the disease, wildlife management, risk-factor manipulation, prophylactic medications, and possible vaccination, that prevention of EPM can be at... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Horseman's Day

March 01, 2003

Horseman's Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. Helping stimulate the interest and enthusiasm was the quality of the speakers. They couched their talks in terms the average horse owner... Read More

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AAEP Convention: New/Emerging Diseases

March 01, 2003

INFECTIOUS DISEASE FORUM


With West Nile virus (WNV) marching across the United States and affecting both horses and humans, infectious disease prevention has been a hot topic in barns, the media,... Read More

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Botulism in Foals: A Survivable Disease

March 01, 2003

Botulism in foals less than six months of age is readily treated, with a survival rate of more than 95% in appropriately treated foals. Treatment can include nursing care, intravenous fluid support, nasogastric or nasoesophageal tube feeding... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Peripheral Cushing's

March 01, 2003

Peripheral Cushing's syndrome (PCS) is a recently named problem seen in middle-aged horses and ponies with obesity-associated laminitis. These horses tend to accumulate fat in the crest of the neck, over the rump, and in the sheath of males. It... Read More