Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Abortions Up In Central Kentucky; Signs Not Consistent With MRLS

January 31, 2003

The abortion rate in Central Kentucky is up from a year ago, but scientists aren't sure why there has been an increase.

"At this time, there is nothing that is fully consistent with MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome)," said Dr. Lenn... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Outbreak Resolving; Strain Might be Atypical

January 29, 2003

The worst is over in the unusual equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that led to the death of 10 horses and has affected the remaining equine population at the University of Findlay’s English riding facility in Findlay, Ohio, since Jan.... Read More

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Caterpillar Research Discussion Set for Jan. 31

January 28, 2003

A discussion of work being performed to help eradicate Eastern tent caterpillars will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale pavilion in Lexington, Ky., at 9 a.m. on Jan. 31.

University of Kentucky entomologist Dan Potter and his staf... Read More

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Ohio Disease Confirmed as Equine Herpesvirus Type-1

January 24, 2003

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) officials have reported that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of the respiratory and neurologic illness that has plagued University of Findlay horses since Jan.... Read More

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Care of Sick Horses in Ohio Outbreak

January 23, 2003

The battle against the paralyzing disease that hit the English riding facility at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio was lost for 10 horses, but is still being waged for the 22 others which have been affected neurologically (see article... Read More

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Ten Ohio Horses Dead; Possible Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

January 22, 2003

At least 10 horses have died or have been euthanized at the University of Findlay (UF) in Findlay, Ohio, after battling a respiratory and neurologic illness. Preliminary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests completed on tissue samples from... Read More

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Botulism's New Threat; Will Horses Have Vaccine?

January 17, 2003

Botulism is one of the most deadly toxins known to man or beast. During the Persian Gulf War, it was confirmed that Saddam Hussein had imported 39 tons of media capable of growing botulism and anthrax, and it was also learned that Hussein’s... Read More

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Safety of Comfrey

January 17, 2003

The following release was posted on the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) web site.

During the AAFCO Annual Meeting in August 2002, the Enforcement Strategy for Marketed Ingredients (ESMI) Working Group... Read More

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Determining Precise Link Between Tent Caterpillar and MRLS is Continuing Priority for Equine Industry

January 15, 2003

Leading Kentucky equine industry groups recently brought together 31 veterinarians and scientists for a "Think Tank" meeting to further the industry's knowledge about preventing future occurrences of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Prevention of EPM

January 14, 2003

 “Why should we be concerned about EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis)?” asked William J.A. Saville, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, of The Ohio State University (OSU) at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention.... Read More

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Enterocolitis and the Effectiveness of Bio-Sponge (AAEP 2002)

January 13, 2003

Enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon) caused by the bacteriums Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens is a common problem for both adult horses and foals.... Read More

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Three West Nile Virus Studies Underway at Colorado State

January 13, 2003

Equine veterinarians at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital are currently involved in three research projects to analyze the statistics from 2002’s outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) in two Western... Read More

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High-Risk Pregnancies and Sick Foals

January 09, 2003

In defining a high-risk mare, Bain said she is one which has had previous foaling problems such as dystocia (difficult delivery), hemorrhage, or a red bag delivery. He said a mare also could be at risk because of medical illness, surgery, colic... Read More

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Prepping for Standing Eye Surgery (AAEP 2002)

January 08, 2003

"However, there are challenges with standing ocular (eye) surgery--you generally need magnification, and thus the horse must be perfectly still," he continued. "Many (eye) procedures thus require general anesthesia. But with appropriate tranquilizati... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Thyroid Function in Horses with Peripheral Cushing's Syndrome

January 07, 2003

Peripheral Cushing's syndrome (PCS) is seen in middle-aged horses with obesity-associated laminitis. These horses tend to accumulate fat in the crest of the neck, over the rump, and in the sheath of male horses. Researchers are trying to... Read More

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Gray Horse Disease--Melanoma

January 01, 2003

It is interesting that Federico Tesio in his book Breeding The Race Horse described the inheritance of the gray coat color like a disease or defect, since melanoma skin tumors are so common in the gray horse. On the other hand, the gray... Read More

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WNV Vaccination in Mares and Foals

January 01, 2003

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in Florida Alligators

January 01, 2003

Three farm-raised alligators from Central Florida have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), according to officials at the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This is the first time the virus has affected U.S.... Read More

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Pigeon Fever (Dryland Distemper) in Kentucky

January 01, 2003

An unusual outbreak of the bacterial disease "pigeon fever," also known as dryland distemper, occurred in Kentucky in early and mid-November 2002, according to Doug Byars, DVM, a specialist in internal medicine and equine critical care. He said... Read More

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Outside of Caterpillar Might Be Linked to MRLS

January 01, 2003

Since the beginning of the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001, there have been many theories as to the cause of the problems. Honing in on the extreme number of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) in 2001 and 2002, studies have shown tha... Read More

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Managers Doing Good Job with Pastures

December 30, 2002

A week following the Dec. 23 release of information about the University of Kentucky’s pasture monitoring related to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), Jimmy Henning, PhD, extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK)... Read More

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West Nile Virus Changed to Endemic Disease Status; Fees will be Charged for Some WNV Testing

December 28, 2002

Government veterinary officials recently designated West Nile virus (WNV) as an endemic disease in the United States. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) previously had considered WNV a Foreign... Read More

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Sentinel Farm Summary; 2002 Pasture Monitoring Program

December 27, 2002

The following information was produced by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture from Wayne Long (pwlong@uky.edu) and Jimmy Henning (jhenning@uky.edu) of the... Read More

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Kentucky Abortions Update

December 18, 2002

The “blip” of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More