Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Grayson To Fund New MRLS Research Project

May 10, 2002

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is funding a new project with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners to seek critical information on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS). The project will involve monitoring of mares to seek... Read More

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UK Studies On-Going, Including Caterpillars/MRLS

May 09, 2002

A research project begins well before the experiment starts. That was the case of the recently completed collaborative effort at the University of Kentucky that associated the Eastern tent caterpillar and its frass (excrement) and mare... Read More

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Kentucky Farm Managers Discuss MRLS

May 08, 2002

A last-minute change in the program for the monthly meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club had everyone focusing on this year’s incidences of mare reproductive loss syndrome on the evening of May 7. A panel was put together to... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

May 08, 2002

Four cases of mysterious illness in Northern Virginia horses have been attributed to equine herpesvirus (EHV) myeloencephalopathy, a rare neurologic version of EHV type 1, which is typically recognized in its respiratory form as rhinopneumonitis... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Report

May 08, 2002

Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome
May 8, 2002

Report from Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

From December 30, 2001 to May 4, 2002, 604 equine abortions had been submitted to the... Read More

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MRLS Timeline

May 07, 2002

2001

April 7--The temperature high in Lexington is 84 degrees; 23 degrees above normal.

April 17--The temperature low in Lexington is 29 degrees; 19 degrees below... Read More

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Early Fetal Loss Low

May 07, 2002

According to Dr. Richard Holder, a practitioner with the Lexington, Ky., firm of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee who specializes in mare reproduction and fetal sexing, early fetal loss is occurring this year as it did last year, just at a much... Read More

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Some Farms Seeing No Losses

May 07, 2002

Reports from Central Kentucky and Ohio note that many farms are seeing no early fetal loss, late-term abortions, or term births of compromised foals. Dr. Roger Murphy, a private practitioner in Central Kentucky who was president last year of the... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Is Back in 2002

May 06, 2002

“It’s definitely here,” said Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an internal medicine specialist with the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary medical center in Lexington, Ky. “It’s not as consistent thus far, but a few farms are bringing us foals... Read More

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Spring Syndromes Review

May 06, 2002

Just before the Kentucky Derby last year, a series of events took place in Kentucky and surrounding states that resulted in 516 late-term abortions and 2,998 early fetal losses in Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry alone. There also were about 60... Read More

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Field Reports Support Preliminary UK Research Results

May 03, 2002

Field reports from farm managers and equine practitioners attending the Equine Industry Task Force meeting Thursday evening, May 2nd appear to strongly support preliminary research results released by the University of Kentucky College of... Read More

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Veterinarians Discuss Current MRLS Concerns

May 02, 2002

The Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (KAEP) met Wednesday evening, May 1, to discuss the current status of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in central Kentucky.

A few isolated cases consistent with a... Read More

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Preliminary Results Released in MRLS Caterpillar Study

May 01, 2002

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the departments of entomology, veterinary science and the livestock disease diagnostic center. Early results from this... Read More

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LSU Foal Study On Viral Infections and Recurrent Airway Obstruction

May 01, 2002

Louisiana State University researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine have begun a study to investigate the effect of viral infections on the immune response of neonatal foals, specifically if exposure to influenza virus reduces the risk... Read More

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EPM Medication Q&A

May 01, 2002

My horse was diagnosed with EPM last year. We tried Baycox for one month--no change. Since then, he has been on a daily dosage of sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine combination (SDZ/PYR) for approximately nine months. Would it be advisable to give... Read More

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Bacterial Corneal Ulcers

May 01, 2002

The cornea is a thin and transparent, yet extremely strong tissue that supplies a majority of the eye's refractive, or light-bending, power. It is one of the most sensitive tissues in the body. The thickness of the equine cornea is about 1.5 mm,... Read More

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Wobbler Syndrome Signs and Diagnosis

May 01, 2002

A veterinarian can say several things that will chill every horse owner's heart, including colic, laminitis, navicular disease, and wobbler syndrome. These cause fear because of the unknown--and often unfavorable--outcome for your horse. But as... Read More

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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Ridding Sand From the Diet

May 01, 2002

In specific regions of the United States, one of the most commonly encountered forms of colic is "sand colic." This is not solely a problem in geographic areas with obviously sandy environments. Anywhere there is sand, decomposed granite, or... Read More

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New MRLS/Caterpillar Study Released

May 01, 2002

Preliminary results from a study at the University of Kentucky involving Eastern tent caterpillars and pregnant mares resulted in an early fetal loss syndrome similar to that associated with the mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) seen last... Read More

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Feeding Practices and Colic

May 01, 2002

There are multiple causes of colic, some of which are related to diet, stabling conditions, and activity level. Colic is painful for the horse, expensive to treat (especially if it requires surgery), and hard to predict. Determining which... Read More

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Cyanide Study in Caterpillars

May 01, 2002

Terry Fitzgerald, PhD, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at the State University of New York College at Cortland, said recent research has shown that the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of depleting the... Read More

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West Nile Virus Education

May 01, 2002

A live satellite broadcast within Ohio March 20 disseminated information about West Nile virus (WNV) to extension and health personnel at remote locations, who then could ask questions of the expert presenters. The broadcast from Columbus, Ohio,... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Movement Beginning

April 26, 2002

Eastern tent caterpillars are still regarded as a primary risk factor in the mare reproductive loss syndromes (MRLS) of 2001, and very preliminary research trials continue to support the recommendation that pregnant mares should not be exposed t... Read More

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Equine Management Advisory for Kentucky Horse Farms

April 25, 2002

Conditions in the central and eastern part of Kentucky will again be right for the possible formation of frost in low lying areas tonight (Thursday, April 25), according to University of Kentucky researchers. Because of similarities in... Read More