Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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University of Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Interim Report--Comparison of 2002 and 2003

May 29, 2003

Jimmy C. Henning, Assistant Director for Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Former Extension Forage Specialist;and Wayne Long, Agriculture Extension Associate, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky... Read More

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First 2003 Kentucky Equine WNV Case Confirmed

May 29, 2003

Kentucky has its first confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an equine for 2003, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health reported on Thursday.
 
The 20-year-old pleasure horse is located in Madison County... Read More

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MRLS Workshop Proceedings Available

May 27, 2003

The Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station has published the scientific papers from the August 2002 workshop on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS convened at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. This information is... Read More

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Florida EEE Case Count Escalates to 68

May 23, 2003

The number of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases in Florida has risen to 68 for this year, further substantiating an earlier suspicion that 2003 will be a tough year for fighting the disease. Florida’s case count for all of 2002 was 25... Read More

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Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Spraying Schedule Now Online

May 22, 2003

Local authorities and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) have begun mosquito eradication efforts to combat the spread of West Nile virus (WNV). The KDA's mosquito spraying schedule can be found on the KDA web site at Read More

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West Nile Virus from the Front Lines

May 19, 2003

Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, is a veterinary epidemiologist in the Veterinary Preventive Medicine Department at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In the past decade, Saville has become widely recognized for his... Read More

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The Ohio West Nile Virus Experience

May 19, 2003

When Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, was asked to form the Ohio West Nile Virus (WNV) Working Group in late 1999, the disease was still a distant concern in New York City where health officials had identified the first North American case o... Read More

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Equine West Nile Virus Case in Arkansas

May 19, 2003

Arkansas state veterinarian Paul Norris, DVM, announced last week that a horse in the Ft. Smith area had been infected with West Nile virus (WNV). Testing on the Sebastian County horse was completed at USDA’s National Veterinary Services... Read More

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Avian West Nile Virus in Louisiana

May 16, 2003

Two dead blue jays from Assumption and Jackson parishes and a dead cardinal from Union Parish have pushed Louisiana’s count of West Nile virus (WNV)-positive dead birds past 30. The total number of dead birds infected with the virus is now 33,... Read More

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Nine EEE Cases in Georgia

May 16, 2003

According to several Georgia newspapers, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has struck nine horses in the southern part of the state. Only three cases were documented in Georgia in 2002.

EEE is caused by a virus found in wild birds, and i... Read More

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U.K. Equine Influenza Outbreak Update

May 12, 2003

Since the middle of March, the United Kingdom's Animal Health Trust (AHT) has confirmed influenza in 20 racing yards (stables) in Newmarket, located in different areas of the town, and in a single breaking/holding yard just outside... Read More

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First 2003 Equine WNV Case In North Dakota

May 12, 2003

North Dakota's state veterinarian Larry Schuler, DVM, reported the state's first 2003 equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) on May 8.

According to Schuler, test results received from Texas A&M University indicated that a horse in... Read More

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First 2003 WNV Finding in Pennsylvania for 2003

May 08, 2003

On Monday, May 5, acting secretary for department of health Robert S. Muscalus reported the first positive test for the West Nile virus (WNV) in Pennsylvania in 2003. The virus was detected in a dead crow in... Read More

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Interview from a MRLS Test Farm

May 08, 2003

Some horse and agriculture farms were asked to be test farms during and after the mare reproductive loss (MRLS) crisis in 2001. One of those farms is Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., owned by John D.... Read More

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Obesity is Dangerous, Warns UK Researcher

May 07, 2003

Laminitis specialist Robert Eustace, BVSc, Cert EO, Cert. EP, MRCVS, director of The Laminitis Clinic in Wiltshire, England, wants horse obesity to be declared a welfare concern. In a campaign launched at the annual meeting of the International... Read More

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Report Released: Economic Impact of WNV on Colorado and Nebraska Equine Industries in 2002

May 06, 2003

A study led by researchers at Colorado State University determined that the effects of West Nile virus (WNV) cost equine owners in Colorado and Nebraska more than $1.25 million in 2002, and prevention costs for WNV vaccinations likely exceeded a... Read More

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Equine West Nile Virus Case in Minnesota

May 05, 2003

A 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare in Crow Wing County, was Minnesota's first equine West Nile virus (WNV) case for 2003, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBAH). Paul Anderson, MBAH assistant director, said the... Read More

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The Horse's Parent Company Announces Second Annual Book Warehouse Sale

May 04, 2003

Blood-Horse Publications announces its second annual book warehouse clearance sale will be held Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 349 Virginia Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. Sale hours are 9:00 am to 6:oo pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm... Read More

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Why the White Spots?

May 01, 2003

I'd like to ask a question about my horse's skin problem--depigmentation. He is a 10-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding with dark eyes and eyelids. But now there is a pink spot on his left upper eyelid and I think it's getting larger. The... Read More

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Lyme Disease From Contaminated Feed?

May 01, 2003

Q: Is it possible for a horse to get Lyme disease from eating a tick with his pasture grass, or from eating an infected tick or other source of the bacteria in his hay or feed?        ... Read More

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The Whites of Their Eyes

May 01, 2003

I have a 3-year-old filly which has prominent white around her eyes. Most farriers and several others tell me this is a sign of madness in a horse. I always thought that this was an old wives' tale, but this particular filly does appear to b... Read More

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California West Nile Virus Seminar

May 01, 2003

California is bracing for West Nile virus (WNV). N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, said that he and his colleagues expect to... Read More

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Box Containing WNV Explodes at Fed Ex Site

May 01, 2003

A package containing West Nile virus (WNV) exploded on March 18 at a Federal Express building in Columbus, Ohio, near the Port Columbus International Airport, the Associated Press reported. Fifty workers were evacuated.

The shoebox-size... Read More

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

May 01, 2003

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

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Colorado State West Nile Virus Study

May 01, 2003

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers released results March 25 from a study that examined the characteristics of 2002's West Nile virus (WNV) equine outbreaks in Colorado and Nebraska. The study was a collaborative effort between the stat... Read More