Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Colic Surgery Risk Factors

September 01, 2006

Studies have also shown that colic surgery mortality rates are higher than that of any other surgical procedure--most likely because the horse's system is already compromised when the animal is anesthetized.... Read More

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Shipping and Disease: EVA

September 01, 2006

One of the major problems with EVA is how easily it can be transferred from one horse to another. Of course there is the respiratory route, where nasal secretions spread the virus from horse to horse through a barn or training stable.... Read More

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Accidental Poisoning Kills 27 Horses at Texas Boarding Barn

September 01, 2006

Twenty-seven horses died the week of July 16 from apparent accidental poisoning at a boarding farm in College Station, Texas.

Researchers at nearby Texas A&M University (TAMU) suspect a pesticide fumigant used in a feed silo nearby was... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 31 States

September 01, 2006

Thirty-one states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated July 25). The disease has infected horses in 10 states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa,... Read More

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EVA Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

September 01, 2006

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center confirmed an EVA outbreak involving fetal... Read More

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MRLS Cases Confirmed in New Jersey

September 01, 2006

A horse farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in pastures where there was an abundance of Eastern tent caterpillars.

Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock... Read More

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Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More

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Sixth Kentucky WNV Case Confirmed

August 30, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office today (Aug. 30) confirmed the sixth case of West Nile virus in the state this year. A 6-year-old Belgian gelding in Christian County was euthanatized due to complications of the disease, noted Rusty Ford,... Read More

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Lost in the Fog: How Common is Equine Cancer?

August 29, 2006

The grim diagnosis of 2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog's inoperable tumors has raised questions about the occurrence of cancer in equines.

"It's not a common problem in horses in general," said Elizabeth Davis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

August 27, 2006

The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.

Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of... Read More

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Lost in the Fog 'Not Done Yet,' Gilchrist Says

August 25, 2006

Less than a week ago, trainer Greg Gilchrist said that it was "the bottom of the ninth" for his champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, diagnosed with terminal cancer. But at his Golden Gate Fields stable Thursday, the rally caps were... Read More

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Fifth WNV Case in Kentucky

August 24, 2006

A new case of West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed today (Aug. 24) in Nelson County, Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. This is the second WNV case confirmed in that county, and... Read More

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Florida: Fewer Mosquitoes, Fewer EEE Cases

August 23, 2006

Fifteen cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been detected in Florida this year, prompting veterinarians to conclude that drought has been keeping mosquito numbers down. Typically, the state logs an average of 65 cases by the end of... Read More

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Two More Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 23, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Aug. 23) that two more cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses have been confirmed, bringing the total equine case count to four.

"Results of testing received today from the... Read More

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Pinpointing Colic Risk Factors

August 22, 2006

In a yearlong observational study of 128 horses on six farms in Kerman, Iran, researchers with the University of Kerman sought to identify risk factors most likely to contribute to colic. Researchers correlated the colic incidence rates to age,... Read More

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Inoperable Tumor Found In Lost In the Fog

August 21, 2006

Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog has an inoperable tumor in addition to the large one found this week on his spleen and may have no more than two weeks to live, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Aug. 18.

The popular colt, owned by Harry Aleo,... Read More

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Florida Increases Import Restrictions on Livestock from VS States

August 21, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced to the state's practitioners on Aug. 18 that it has modified livestock import restrictions due to the recent detection of vesicular stomatitis... Read More

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Eastern Encephalitis Cases Logged in Florida

August 21, 2006

Florida Agriculture officials confirmed today (Aug. 21) that15 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been logged so far in 2006. Of those, only one horse was recorded as current on its EEE vaccination; the vaccination status on most of... Read More

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MAF Holiday Cards to Benefit Animal Health Research

August 18, 2006

Already the leader in private funding of research to protect, treat, and cure companion animals and wildlife, Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will raise the bar yet again in 2007 with new initiatives in canine and equine health. This year's... Read More

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WNV Reported in Michigan Horse

August 18, 2006

Michigan's State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Halstead today announced the state's first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse for 2006. The horse was a 3-year old gelding from Washtenaw County. Dr. Halstead urges residents to take precautions... Read More

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Second Anthrax Case in South Dakota

August 18, 2006

On Aug. 16, the South Dakota state veterinary office confirmed the state's second case of anthrax this year. As a result of the outbreak, three beef cows that were part of a herd of 51 unvaccinated cows died in Lincoln County. An earlier outbrea... Read More

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Kentucky Embargos Wyoming VS County

August 18, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office today (Aug. 18) placed an embargo on Natrona County in Wyoming due to the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS). A release this afternoon stated:

"With the notification that vesicular stomatitis... Read More

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One Confirmed Case, Additional Suspect Cases of VS in Wyoming

August 18, 2006

Yesterday (Aug. 17), the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory posted a USDA release on its web site announcing the first confirmed U.S. case of vesicular stomatitis in 2006. The case, a 10-year-old horse, is located near Casper in Natrona County.... Read More

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Five Montana Horses Diagnosed with WNV

August 17, 2006

West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in horses in five Montana counties, state Livestock Department officials said Wednesday (Aug. 16).

Horses in Cascade, Glacier, Phillips and Yellowstone counties and a second horse in Flathead... Read More

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Purina Releases Statement Regarding Texan Toxicity Incident

August 17, 2006

Press release from Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC:

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine has advised Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC that it has completed its investigation of the Brazos County, Texas, horse mortality... Read More