Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Pinworm Problems

October 01, 2005

I have a 10-year-old mare being treated for pinworms. She incessantly rubs her tail. She also uses the wall of her stall or anything else available to lean on while defecating. Are these signs related? Could they be behavioral?... Read More

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Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More

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EMND and Glucose Metabolism

October 01, 2005

Study results indicate horses with equine lower motor disease (EMND) had an increased glucose metabolism rate.... Read More

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Improving Travel Conditions

October 01, 2005

While there have been many changes in the equine world in the past several decades, no change has been more dramatic than that experienced by horse transportation. The change, literally, has been from hooves and rails to wheels and wings. While... Read More

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Ulcers From Shows and Training

October 01, 2005

New research indicates that the normal stresses of traveling and showing can cause ulcers and stomach lining changes in as little as five days.

Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, used 20... Read More

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Dangerous Strangles

October 01, 2005

Strangles, the upper respiratory disease in horses caused by Streptococcus equi, has a low mortality rate (2.6%), but it is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. Complications can occur in as many as 20% of cases. One such complication... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Now in Five States

October 01, 2005

Montana and Wyoming have joined the list of states affected by vesicular stomatitis; cases were announced in mid-August in both states. They have 17 and 21 affected premises, respectively.

Utah tops the list of the states with the most... Read More

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Rabies Vaccination Revisited

October 01, 2005

Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a comprehensive report detailing the number of reported rabies cases in the United States and Puerto Rico. The most up-to-date report, which details cases from the year 2003... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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Study Might Link American Robins To West Nile Virus

October 01, 2005

A recent DNA study of the blood consumed by 300 mosquitoes in Connecticut over the past three years found that 40% fed on American robins, while only 1% fed on American crows, a known host of West Nile virus (WNV). Theodore Andreadis, MS, PhD,... Read More

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Anthrax Flares Continue

October 01, 2005

Livestock anthrax cases are dispersed over Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and southern Manitoba, Canada. North Dakota is having a record year, with more than 300 cases since early July.

Minnesota has reported five anthrax... Read More

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Influenza Vaccine Updates

October 01, 2005

According to Equine Disease Quarterly, which is published by the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and sponsored by Lloyd's, the Influenza Expert Surveillance Panel this year recommended that influenza vaccines contain the... Read More

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Eastern Encephalitis

October 01, 2005

Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus is quite active in the United States, and many cases have been reported in Southeastern horses this year. The Florida state veterinarian expects levels close to 2003, when 200 horses were reported to... Read More

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Clover Photosensitivity

October 01, 2005

A rainy, cool summer in Manitoba, Canada, was turning to fall when Thunder, a 2-year-old Paint/Arab cross gelding with lots of white across his body, began to show signs of colic. He was treated for colic four times in two days. Annette Fleming,... Read More

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Louis Pomes: Standing Strong in St. Bernard

September 28, 2005

"When the water started coming in, I know it was the one we'd been waiting for," recalled Louis Pomes quietly, leaning against his truck and surveying his battered lifelong hometown of St. Bernard Parish, La. He had been expecting a colossal... Read More

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First Equine WNV Case Reported in Virginia

September 22, 2005

Virginia health officials confirmed the state’s first case of equine West Nile virus (WNV) on Sept. 19. The affected 12-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, located in Albemarle County, is currently recovering. The owners had been told when they... Read More

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Three Counties added to Kentucky VS Embargo

September 21, 2005

Cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) were confirmed for the first time this year in Routt County, Colo., Weber County, Utah, and Park County, Wyo., prompting the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to add these counties to the state’s... Read More

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Katrina Increases Mosquito Population

September 19, 2005

Katrina Increases Mosquito Population; WNV Outbreak Not Expected

The mosquito population of the Hurricane Katrina-affected areas is expected to increase at a staggering rate, according to Joe Conlon, American Mosquito Control Association... Read More

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Three Additional WNV Kentucky Cases

September 16, 2005

Three new cases of West Nile virus (WNV) were reported by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as of Aug. 29.

In Fayette County a 2-year-old Hanovarian filly had onset of symptoms on Sept. 15. She had not been vaccinated, and she is... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

September 14, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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New England States Report Cases of EEE

September 14, 2005

Three New England states have confirmed nine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in horses this year, and none of the horses survived. This suggests that horse owners should take further measures to protect horses against this deadly... Read More

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Kentucky Revises VS Embargo

September 13, 2005

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has revised its vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo on livestock (including horses) by adding Davis County, Utah and Moffat County, Colo., where additional cases of VS were reported during the first wee... Read More

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Recreational Horses At Risk for Stomach Ulcers

September 06, 2005

New research shows that stomach ulcers can occur within five days in horses exposed to recreational show conditions and activities. The study, reported in the Sept. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association... Read More

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Swollen Thyroid Gland

September 01, 2005

My 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has a swollen thyroid gland on the right side of his throatlatch. It was about the size of a grapefruit, but recently it has decreased to about one-third of its original size. It has never bothered him. Is... Read More

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Corneal Dystrophy

September 01, 2005

I own a 12-year-old foundation-bred Appaloosa gelding. Five years ago he was diagnosed with corneal dystrophy, which seems to be extremely stable (it hasn't flared up in more than four years). The surface of the cornea has a slightly rough... Read More