Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Trilostane for Cushing's Disease

June 01, 2004

Equine Cushing's syndrome (ECS), or hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by an excess of cortisol. This syndrome produces signs including excessive hair growth (hirsutism), lethargy, fat redistribution under the skin, chronic/relapsing laminitis, and... Read More

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Equine Disease--Fourth Quarter, 2003

June 01, 2004

From the April 2004 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by Lloyd's of London underwriters, brokers, and their Kentucky agents

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Cases Lessen

June 01, 2004

The African horse sickness (AHS) death toll in the Western Cape of South Africa has risen to 15 confirmed cases since the first death on the Elsenburg Agricultural Research Farm was confirmed on Feb. 25. The last case (unconfirmed) was reported... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Still Targeted in Kentucky

June 01, 2004

The forsythia were blooming at the end of March, and in Kentucky, that means that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) were hatching. In 2001 and 2002, those caterpillars crawled across many farms in Central Kentucky and left in their path what was... Read More

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Mangoes Toxic to Horses?

June 01, 2004

Q: In our horse paddock there are four mango trees. Our horses often eat the mangoes that fall off the tree. We were wondering if it is possible for our horses to get sick from eating too many mangoes. A: Mango has not been reported... Read More

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Georgia Herd Hit by Strangles

June 01, 2004

According to an April 16 AccessNorthGa.com report cited on Pro-MED, a herd of about 115 horses in western Georgia has been quarantined because of a strangles outbreak at the farm.

"Under an order by Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin date... Read More

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Ireland Officials Issue EVA Alert

June 01, 2004

Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) issued advice on April 5 to horse breeders because of concerns over the perceived risk increase for equine viral arteritis (EVA).

Tests on horses from two Irish studs have... Read More

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Kentucky Gov. Fletcher Signs Emergency Regulation Amending Ban On Texas Livestock

May 27, 2004

The ban on Texas livestock coming into Kentucky from Texas because of vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been amended by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher today (May 27) by an emergency regulation, according to a press release from the governor's office.... Read More

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Salmonella In Central Kentucky

May 25, 2004

On May 8, a Central Kentucky equine hospital sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explaining the methods... Read More

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EU Places Restrictions on Horses from the United States

May 25, 2004

The American Horse Council has learned that all horses being exported from the United States to the European Union (EU) now require a negative (1:12) virus neutralization test for vesicular stomatitis (VS). The test samples must be taken within... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Texas; Kentucky Bans Livestock

May 24, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS), a disease with international implications for animal movement because symptoms mimic those of foot and mouth disease, was confirmed May 19 in western Texas. In response to that announcement, Kentucky Department of... Read More

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WNV Detected in Illinois Birds

May 24, 2004

Three dead birds in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) since this year's statewide mosquito-borne disease surveillance began on May 1. One crow was collected in Rantoul County and positive results were confirmed on May 21.... Read More

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Ky. State Veterinarian Bans Texas Animals After VS Finding

May 21, 2004

State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, has banned all livestock and wild or exotic animals from Texas from entering Kentucky due to reports of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in west Texas.

The order also prohibits the entry into... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in West Texas; First Case Since 1998

May 20, 2004

The country's first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) since 1998 was confirmed Wednesday, May 19, on a premise with nine horses and eight head of cattle near Balmorhea, in Reeves County in west Texas. VS is a viral disease that occurs... Read More

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On-Watch for WNV in the United Kingdom

May 17, 2004

It was nearly five years ago when U.S. scientists were caught unaware by the deadly West Nile virus (WNV) and faced the puzzle of how that virus would adapt to a naïve population of birds and mammals in our various climates. United Kingdom... Read More

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HC/HERDA Update; Owners of Carrier Stallions Notified

May 17, 2004

Approximately 100 Quarter Horse stallion owners have received, or will receive, a message that the stallion is a carrier of the recessive gene that causes HC, also known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA).... Read More

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Update on New Bolton Salmonella Outbreak

May 14, 2004

In an update on the outbreak of salmonella at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center hospital, Bruce Rappoport, associate dean of the hospital, stated on May 14: “We have... Read More

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Arizona and Colorado Log Equine WNV Cases

May 14, 2004

The tally of states with 2004 U.S. West Nile virus (WNV) equine cases has risen to five with the addition of Arizona and Colorado to the group this week. Alabama, Florida, and Texas had already logged equine cases this year.

Arizona's... Read More

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New Bolton Salmonella Outbreak

May 13, 2004

An outbreak of multidrug-resistant salmonella has occurred at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center that was reported to have caused an unknown number of animal deaths. The Center and its Widener Hospital closed on Monday, May 10, s... Read More

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Cross-species Cooperation

May 13, 2004

Rare teaming of human and veterinary medicine saves suffering mare. This is a segment of an article that printed in the Lexington Herald-Leader on May 8, 2004, and is reproduced with the permission of the... Read More

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New Vaccine Will Not Interfere With WNV Diagnostics

May 10, 2004

Scientists recently determined that vaccination with Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine would not confuse results if a horse were to be tested for recent WNV exposure or clinical infection.

At the Western... Read More

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U.K. Horse Owners: Be Wary of WNV in Exported Horses

May 05, 2004

Horse owners in the United Kingdom (U.K.) are being reminded to protect horses they are exporting to the United States from West Nile virus (WNV). However, no WNV vaccine is available in the UK.

According to an article in the online... Read More

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BLM Dispersal/Holding Options

May 05, 2004

The Wild Horse and Burro Program focuses on two key factors: Management of wild horses and burros whose habitat is on public lands, and programs to deal with excess animals removed from public lands. The federal Bureau of Land Management's... Read More

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EVA Uniform Methods and Rules Released

May 05, 2004

Today the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the release of the United States' Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) Uniform Methods and Rules (UM&R), which were effective April 19 and will serve as a standard for... Read More

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WNV Satellite Conference: Remain Wary of Disease

May 04, 2004

The years 2002 and 2003 have been the years of the horse, as far as West Nile virus (WNV) is concerned, said Robert Restifo, MS, Public Health Entomologist Administrator and chief of Ohio's Vector-borne Disease Program, at the third annual West... Read More