Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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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.

The decisio... Read More

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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

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Kentucky Equine West Nile Virus Cases Total 69

August 29, 2002

Six Quarter Horses are among the 13 new confirmed cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state's equine population, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. The total number of equine in Kentucky confirmed infected with WNV in... Read More

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EIA in Georgia: Four Test Positive, 94 Quarantined

August 26, 2002

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced last week that four horses in Chattooga County tested positive for Equine infectious anemia (EIA) and have been euthanized. So far, 94 other horses in the county have had to be quarantine... Read More

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First West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico, Montana

August 23, 2002

New Mexico and Montana joined the list of states affected by West Nile virus (WNV) Thursday when they announced their first equine cases. A New Mexico ranch horse from Tucumcari, in the eastern part of the state, did not survive WNV, and was not... Read More

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Mosquito Infected with West Nile Virus Found at Churchill Downs

August 23, 2002

Officials with the Jefferson County, Ky. Health Department said that at least one mosquito infected with West Nile virus has been found at Churchill Downs.

The discovery of the mosquito came during a routine examination of a group of... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases Down in Ocala Area

August 23, 2002

Many Marion County, Fla., horse farm owners took the advice of their veterinarians seriously and vaccinated their horses against the vector-borne West Nile virus (WNV) last autumn. Officials believe it has resulted in a decrease i... Read More

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Kentucky Reports 13 More WNV Cases

August 23, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late Friday, Aug. 23, that 12 more Kentucky horses were confirmed today as having West Nile virus (WNV). One additional horse was confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 22. This brings the number of Kentucky... Read More

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West Nile Virus Spreads in Illinois

August 22, 2002

The number of Illinois counties reporting West Nile virus (WNV) activity grew to 82 with the Aug. 19 confirmation that a horse from Massac County has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted virus.

In addition to the Massac... Read More

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First WNV Cases Detected in Mules and Mosquitoes in Kansas

August 22, 2002

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in two mules--one in Montgomery County and one in Sedgwick County. The virus was also found in a mosquito population collected from Barton... Read More

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Genetics and West Nile Virus

August 22, 2002

A recent study in mice completed by French researchers suggest that some individuals might be genetically predisposed to have a deadly reaction to West Nile virus (WNV).

The study was published in this week's issue of the Proceedings... Read More

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Safety Tips for Animal Owners During Mosquito Spraying

August 22, 2002

As more cases of West Nile virus (WNV)-associated illness have been diagnosed in people and horses, communities have taken steps to prevent spread of the virus. Mosquito control is the most effective means of preventing spread of WNV and many... Read More

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25 Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 21, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Wednesday, Aug. 21, that six more horses had been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state. None had been vaccinated. Five of the horses are alive and one was euthanized o... Read More