Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

Article

Genetics and West Nile Virus

August 22, 2002

A recent study in mice completed by French researchers suggest that some individuals might be genetically predisposed to have a deadly reaction to West Nile virus (WNV).

The study was published in this week's issue of the Proceedings... Read More

Article

Safety Tips for Animal Owners During Mosquito Spraying

August 22, 2002

As more cases of West Nile virus (WNV)-associated illness have been diagnosed in people and horses, communities have taken steps to prevent spread of the virus. Mosquito control is the most effective means of preventing spread of WNV and many... Read More

Article

25 Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 21, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Wednesday, Aug. 21, that six more horses had been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state. None had been vaccinated. Five of the horses are alive and one was euthanized o... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Moves Westward in Horses

August 19, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has appeared in horses as far west as Wyoming and Colorado, according to reports from state officials and the United States Department of Agriculture. Equine cases have also been found in Michigan and Oklahoma for the... Read More

Article

Four More WNV Cases Confirmed in Kentucky

August 19, 2002

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office late on Monday, Aug. 19, confirmed that four more horses in Kentucky have been confirmed as having West Nile virus (WNV). None of the horses had been vaccinated.
This brings the total of WNV cases in... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Detected In Three Colorado Horses and a Crow

August 16, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in the blood of two horses and a crow from Weld County and one horse from Pueblo County.

John Pape is an epidemiologist who specializes in animal-related diseases for the Colorado Department... Read More

Article

Seven More WNV Cases Confirmed In Kentucky

August 16, 2002

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office reported late on Friday, Aug. 16, that seven more horses in the state had been confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV). That brings the total number of positive horses in the state this year to 15,... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Detected in South Carolina For First Time

August 15, 2002

A dead blue jay found in Lexington County has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV), making it the first confirmed evidence of the disease in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Aug.... Read More

Article

Churchill Downs, Farms Take Steps Against West Nile Virus

August 15, 2002

Churchill Downs' primary weapon against the West Nile virus (WNV) sits in a clear, plastic vial on the desk of track superintendent Butch Lehr, according to AP writer Chris Duncan.

The vial holds birdseed-like pellets that release a... Read More

Article

More Kentucky Potomac Horse Fever Cases Confirmed

August 15, 2002

Two additional cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) have been confirmed at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) veterinary hospital in Lexington, Ky., bringing the clinic’s total to five confirmed cases since the end of July. Two other PHF cases previousl... Read More

Article

UK Announces New Forage-Animal Program to Solve Farm Problems & Enhance Profitability

August 14, 2002

Through a unique collaboration with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the University of Kentucky is launching an innovative new forage-animal research initiative. The program will discover new technologies to enhance the health and... Read More

Article

Kentucky Has Fourth West Nile Virus Horse

August 09, 2002

A fourth horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky. The 5-year-old draft-cross gelding first showed signs on July 26, and he was euthanized on July 29 after becoming recumbent and unable to rise, according to Rusty Ford of the... Read More

Article

Watch For Potomac Horse Fever in Kentucky

August 08, 2002

Four additional cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) have been confirmed at two veterinary hospitals in Lexington, Ky. Three of the cases were treated at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Veterinary Hospital, where two of the horses are recovering... Read More

Article

First Equine West Nile Virus Cases in Georgia for 2002

August 05, 2002

Tests confirmed July 31 that West Nile virus (WNV) led to the death of a Pike County horse earlier in July. Tests also confirmed that a horse in Putnam County had contracted the disease, but fully recovered. The Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic... Read More

Article

Malicious Mycotoxins

August 01, 2002

Leave your saddle sitting in a corner of your tack room after you and your horse are caught in a rainstorm, and you'll get an eye-opening look into the world of fungi and molds. Within days, your leather tack will have sprouted a patchy coat of... Read More

Article

The Dreaded Corneal Stromal Abscess

August 01, 2002

The corneal stromal abscess is a very serious and potentially vision-threatening condition that can follow apparently minor corneal ulceration in the horse (see Figures 1 and 4 on page 56). They can be infected and cause severe eye pain.... Read More

Article

Locked Into Place

August 01, 2002

Much has been learned about exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up) in recent years, but unfortunately some of that knowledge has been troubling. For example, at least one newly recognized cause of tying-up in foals has, in identified cases, always... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Encephalitis

August 01, 2002

In August 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) was identified as the cause of encephalitis in birds, horses, and humans in New York. Since then, WNV activity has spread north and south along the East Coast, and west to several states following bird... Read More

Article

Eye Removal

August 01, 2002

Q: I was just informed that my 2-year-old Quarter Horse needs to have his right eye removed. He is a rescue that I received through the court, and when I got him he was blind in his right eye. My veterinarian says that it looks... Read More

Article

Skunk Cabbage Toxic to Horses?

August 01, 2002

Recently our horses have begun eating skunk cabbage that grows on the property. They have not done so before. They have plenty of grass plus hay and grain, all of which they also eat. One veterinarian says it is harmful to them; another says... Read More

Article

Mare Milking Early

August 01, 2002

I have a Paso Fino mare whose due date is three months away and her milk bag is full, hot, and dripping very white milk. She has been waxed over for about a week now, but thankfully she seems to be in no distress. I can find no one with this... Read More

Article

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy and Back Pain

August 01, 2002

As many as 40% of all cases of equine back pain are the result of soft tissue injury. The primary causes include chronic and recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (CER and RER, respectively), and an inherited enzyme deficiency called polysaccharid... Read More

Article

Preventing Airway Obstruction

August 01, 2002

During periods of intense exercise, portions of the upper airway can collapse, interfering with breathing. The cause of these obstructive episodes, most notably dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), is yet unknown. In other species,... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus in Texas Birds, Kentucky Horse

August 01, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has continued its march westward, recently being detected for the first time in Texas in two blue jays in northwest Houston. Additionally, the disease made its 2002 Kentucky equine debut in a Thoroughbred yearling.... Read More

Article

Poison Control: Spraying Insecticides on Pastures

August 01, 2002

During the optimal Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) eradication period (when larvae are still in trees), Lee Townsend, PhD, extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky (UK), recommended a list of insecticides for horse owners and farm... Read More