Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

April 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on... Read More

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Fainting Foals, Sleepy Horses

April 01, 2006

Humans have been fascinated with narcolepsy for centuries. The sight of an otherwise normal person suddenly lapsing into unexplainable deep sleep was cause for curiosity, if not amusement, even after scientists in the late 1800s found that... Read More

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New Product Reduces Clinical Signs of Herpes

April 01, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis in the United States, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4)... Read More

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Kentucky Rescinds Maryland EHV Restrictions

April 01, 2006

On March 31, one week before Keeneland's spring race meet is set to begin, State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted restrictions for all Maryland horses entering Kentucky racetracks based on information provided by the Maryland Department of... Read More

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Florida MRLS Update 3-31-06

March 31, 2006

A second foal has been confirmed as having died from mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. The first case was a... Read More

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MRLS in Florida

March 29, 2006

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Understanding Congenital Stationary Night Blindness

March 27, 2006

Canadian researchers are investigating the cause of a condition found primarily in Appaloosas that prevents them from seeing in the dark. Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a hereditary, non-progressive condition for which there is... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

March 20, 2006

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of AHS in the George area.... Read More

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European Union Might Lift Ban on South African Horses

March 20, 2006

South African news outlets have reported the European Union (EU) could lift a ban it imposed on South African horses in 2004. According to an article in the March 16 online edition of The Citizen (Read More

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NYRA to Accept Maryland Shippers March 18

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

The New York Racing Association will allow horses to ship into its racetracks--Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga--from Maryland beginning March 18, providing those horses meet certain... Read More

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Kentucky Updates Restrictions on Maryland Horses

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

Officials from the Kentucky's Office of the State Veterinarian announced Thursday (March 9) that they have removed restrictions on horses originating from Chevation II, a barn at Fair Hills Training Center... Read More

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Remaining EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted at Pimlico and Bowie

March 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and a barn at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie after the final four horses in those barns tested negative for equine... Read More

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Maryland Veterinarians Must Report Neurologic Cases

March 06, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has added equine neurologic syndrome to its list of infectious livestock or poultry diseases that must be reported to MDA officials. Under Maryland law (Agriculture Article, Section 3-105 Annotated... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Laurel Park

March 06, 2006

(edited press release)

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) released its hold order on Laurel Park's Barn 9 on Friday, March 3, which means 34 horses that tested negative for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at the Laurel,... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted on Kent County Farm

March 06, 2006

Seventeen horses on a Kent County, Md., farm tested negative for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) on March 3, resulting in the March 4 removal of a Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) hold order that had prevented equine transport to and from... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Test Pending on Philly Park Horse

March 02, 2006

Officials at Philadelphia Park are awaiting test results from a horse that was euthanatized Feb. 23 to determine whether it had equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

Kari Oakie, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly trained by Armand Correnti, fell... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

March 02, 2006

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reported EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a private... Read More

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Spring Fevers

March 01, 2006

Respiratory problems are frequent health issues for horses, and are often associated with microbial infections. For horse owners preparing for spring competitions or the birth of foals, a review of respiratory diseases is timely. Owners need to... Read More

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Cushing's Disease in Horses

March 01, 2006

It's spring, yet your aging equine has failed to shed his long, shaggy, winter coat. Furthermore, he's developed a saggy belly coupled with loss of muscle over his croup and rump. He's gulping down far more water than he used to, and his stall i... Read More

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Sun Protection: Does Your Horse Need Sunglasses?

March 01, 2006

While sunglasses and sun screen might be the obvious solutions for fair-skinned humans, they're impractical for horses. Protection from sun glare, however, is as important for horses as it is for humans, because horses with little or no pigment in th... Read More

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New Treatment for Tracheal Collapse

March 01, 2006

Two years later, Magnificent, a miniature horse, continues to do well with his intratracheal stent--the first ever implanted in a horse.

Magnificent suffered from tracheal collapse, an uncommon--and probably underreported--condition in... Read More

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Paralyzed With Fear

March 01, 2006

There have been numerous outbreaks of the deadly neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) recently... Read More

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Herpesvirus in Five States

March 01, 2006

T he neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been diagnosed in at least five different states in January and February (The Horse learned of a fifth state with herpes after the cover went to press). While many of the... Read More

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Q&A Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus

March 01, 2006

The University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center has the only Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) reference laboratory for equine herpesvirus in the Western hemisphere. Samples from most of... Read More

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The Equine Eye: Ocular Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

March 01, 2006

Well before an ocular emergency occurs, you should familiarize yourself with the easily visible outer structures of a horse's eye. Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular... Read More