Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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Lyme Disease Update

May 01, 2005

Lyme disease is a problem more commonly thought to occur in our canine and human friends than horses. However, occur it does, and it can have a wide range of signs and symptoms. This disease is a perplexing and confusing one to diagnose and trea... Read More

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Pasture-Associated Heaves

May 01, 2005

What owners can do when faced with recurrent airway obstruction in their horses. ... Read More

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Controlling Influenza

May 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection. While it affects many horses, it has a low mortality rate; horses generally recover.... Read More

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EPM: Not So Common?

May 01, 2005

"Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a common cause of neurological disease of horses in North and South America, and results from a protozoal infection with Sarcocystis neurona or Neospora hughesi (less commonly)," said... Read More

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Strangles Strikes

May 01, 2005

Several strangles outbreaks across the country have complicated the spring showing, training, and racing plans for some horse owners. Several racetracks in Florida, Kentucky, and New York have established restrictions on animals from affected... Read More

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Maryland Horses Succumb to Neurologic EHV-1

May 01, 2005

Three horses were euthanatized due to severe neurologic signs caused by equine herpesvirus type-1 at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md., the week of March 21, according to the animals' attending vet. Two more horses at the facility... Read More

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Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Ambulatory Practitioners

May 01, 2005

"I have a special interest in eyes, but they're only about 5% of my work," began Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, N.Y., at the Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Some problems will always... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las... Read More

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Update Influenza Vaccines

May 01, 2005

Veterinarians and horse owners, as caretakers of the health and wellbeing of our animals, tend to be vigilant about ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines. But do we ever step back to examine if these vaccines, which include multiple antigens... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in New Mexico

April 28, 2005

On April 27, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in horses at one premises in Grant County, N.M. This is the first confirmed case of vesicular... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for New Mexico VS Outbreaks

April 28, 2005

Kentucky officials have prohibited the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into the Commonealth from Grant County, N.M. Vesicular stomatitis was confirmed yesterday (April 27) in a horse in Grant County, and one other horse portrayed... Read More

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Twelve Years of EPM Research: Are We Any Smarter?

April 25, 2005

"I think every time we find out something about EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), it turns up more questions," said Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Cases in South Africa

April 25, 2005

At least six African horse sickness (AHS) cases have been logged recently in the Eastern and Western Capes of South Africa, according to ProMED web site posts in early April. Last week, South African media outlets reported an outbreak of the... Read More

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One Additional Horse Shows Neurologic Signs in Maryland EHV-1 Situation

April 18, 2005

(edited press release)

During the week of April 11, one additional horse displayed acute neurologic signs consistent with the equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) disease situation at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md. The... Read More

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CEM Confirmed in British Horse

April 13, 2005

The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the detection of a contagious equine metritis (CEM) carrier stallion  in the Frome area of Somerset (in southwest England) on April 30. Officials... Read More

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Additional Horse at Maryland Farm Shows Signs of EHV-1

April 08, 2005

(edited from press release)

Facility managers who are handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) incident at a Columbia, Md. horse stable (Columbia Horse Center, CHC; read archived stories) reported April 7 that an... Read More

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Bleeding from the Ears, Nose, or Mouth

April 07, 2005

It is because of this disease that hemorrhage from the nose should be taken very seriously, even though it is possible for a laceration, foreign body, tumor, or other cause to be responsible for the bleeding.... Read More

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Merial Launches Site for Equine WNV Vaccine

April 07, 2005

Merial has announced the launch of www.EquineWNV.com, a web site that offers comprehensive information about RECOMBITEK Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccine. Aimed at horse owners and... Read More

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First Florida EEE Case Reported for 2005

April 07, 2005

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services (FACS) Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says this year's first case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in Union County and he is urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Confirmed in Maryland

April 06, 2005

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) received confirmation yesterday (April 5) that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) was the cause of equine illness at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md. The virus, which causes upper respiratory... Read More

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Decreasing Abdominal Adhesions

April 01, 2005

Post-operative abdominal adhesions are a significant problem in horses, as they can lead to intestinal obstruction or strangulation. In recent years, a laparoscope is used to look into the abdomen and break down any adhesions that have formed... Read More

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WNV in Northern Indiana

April 01, 2005

West Nile virus (WNV) was first detected in Indiana horses in 2001. In 2002, the state reported 704 cases, the fifth-largest outbreak in the United States. Michael Ward, BVSc, MSc, MPVM, PhD, from Purdue University's School of Veterinary... Read More

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Lyme Disease and Shipping Stress

April 01, 2005

We have a horse on antibiotics for Lyme disease. After his 30-day regimen, he will be shipped from New England to California. Will the stress from the trip cause a flare-up in this disease? Is it a risk to ship him? Are there ways to prevent... Read More