Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Foal Hyperbaric Chamber Studies Commence

April 12, 2002

Studies examining the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on dummy foals and those with septic joints have begun.... Read More

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Foal Reduction Slows, But Percentage Still High

April 10, 2002

The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago. In an earlier... Read More

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California EEE Case Investigation Complete

April 10, 2002

Final results have been released from a study that investigated the only case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) ever documented in California. The infected Quarter Horse yearling died in the spring of 2000 (See Article Quick Find ... Read More

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Health Officials Tracking West Nile Virus

April 05, 2002

Health officials charting the spread of West Nile virus across the United States project that "Texas and at least up to the Rocky Mountains will be affected" by the virus in 2002, said Dr. Kristen Bernard, assistant director of the Arbovirus... Read More

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More West Nile Virus in Florida

April 03, 2002

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received reports of two positive cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses in Polk County, Florida. This marks the... Read More

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Small Intestinal Colic Surgery and Predicting Survival

April 03, 2002

While surgical correction of colic in horses has been performed at referral hospitals for many years, it has been difficult for horse owners to get reliable information about survival rate. The prospect of extremely expensive colic surgery... Read More

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MRLS Study Reaches Task Force

April 03, 2002

(Updated 4/05/02) In a newly released study, a collaboration of statisticians and epidemiologists have pinpointed several factors that predisposed mares to early fetal losses (EFL) in central Kentucky and nearby areas in 2001, but still... Read More

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Ruptured Stomach

April 01, 2002

I had a broodmare which died from a ruptured stomach. From what I can find out, this is reasonably rare and I would like to know if I was somehow to blame. Jess

 Rupture of the stomach is relatively rare. Primary rupture is... Read More

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Mesquite Tree Beans Toxic?

April 01, 2002

My horse recently had a horrible colic episode due to mesquite tree beans. Every summer these trees produce large bean pods, which evidently taste like candy to horses. According to my vet, they also slow down gut motility--hence the colic. ... Read More

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Which Trees are Toxic?

April 01, 2002

It's hard to imagine that a natural part of our environment could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, many plants are not only poisonous, but potentially deadly to horses. Many plants and trees have strong medicinal qualities; early... Read More

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Risk of Equine Viral Arteritis from Imported Stallions

April 01, 2002

Equine arteritis virus (EAV) causes a flu-like illness in adult horses called equine viral arteritis, and is responsible for abortion in mares and pneumonia in foals. Stallions can be become persistently infected and shed the virus in their... Read More

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Eyelid Problems

April 01, 2002

This month we continue our in-depth look at the equine eye by focusing on eyelids. Without the eyelid to protect the sensitive structures of the eye, the horse would go blind very quickly. Therefore, even small injuries are important and require... Read More

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Florida Reports First West Nile Virus Cases For 2002

April 01, 2002

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) reported Feb. 18 that the first equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2002 had been found. Three horses tested positive for WNV in... Read More

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U.K. Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic Officially Over

April 01, 2002

The United Kingdom has regained its status as a foot and mouth disease (FMD)-free country at an international meeting of veterinarians in Paris, France, in January. The official statement was made Jan. 22 by the U.K.'s Department of Environment,... Read More

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Cyanide Study in Caterpillars

March 29, 2002

Terry Fitzgerald, PhD, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, said recent research has shown that the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of depleting the... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Louisiana

March 27, 2002

Last week, Louisiana officials announced the state’s first finding of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. A cardinal bird from East Baton Rouge Parish tested positive for WNV at the Louisiana Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the Louisiana State... Read More

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Spring Syndromes Theories

March 11, 2002

A meeting of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners on March 7 brought together six of the leading researchers/investigators dealing with mare reproductive loss and other syndromes seen in the spring of 2001 in central Kentucky and... Read More

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Kentucky Veterinarians Discuss Syndrome Theories

March 08, 2002

What might at first have seemed like a confusing, and slightly overwhelming, presentation of information the night of March 7 concerning the various theories surrounding the five syndromes that struck Kentucky and other places in the spring of... Read More

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Common Foal Eye Problems

March 01, 2002

The foal's eyes are fully developed at birth. Disorders of the foal eye might be noted at birth, or they can be inherited or acquired after birth. Low tear film production, a round pupil, reduced corneal sensation, and a temporary lack of some... Read More

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Skin Problems and Climate

March 01, 2002

We recently purchased a horse in Kentucky which we shipped to Montana to be a ranch horse. His coat is taking a beating with the cold, dry air. He has little hair on his face, and his coat is thin and flaking. Are there any supplements or... Read More

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Equine Lymphoma Cancer

March 01, 2002

I am trying to find out if equine lymphoma cancer is hereditary, and any other causes and effects. I had to euthanize my 5-year-old Quarter Horse recently because he had this. How could I have known sooner that he might have had it? Could a... Read More

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Scientists Sequence Clostridium perfringens Genome

March 01, 2002

According to Reuters Health news, Japanese scientists recently announced that they have sequenced the genome of Clostridium perfringens. The anaerobic (active in the absence of oxygen) pathogen is widely recognized as being a causal... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Meeting Emphasizes Communication

March 01, 2002

More than 350 veterinarians, farm managers and personnel, and other members of Central Kentucky's horse industry gathered on Feb. 4 in Lexington to review what is known about the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) of 2001, and how to monitor... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Monitoring Update

February 22, 2002

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
February 21, 2002
Updated Report from the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

From December 30, 2001 to February 16, 2002, 190 equine abortions had... Read More

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First Animal Cases of West Nile Virus for 2002 Reported

February 22, 2002

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced Feb. 18 that the first cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for this year have been reported. It has been confirmed that a wild... Read More