Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Irish EIA Outbreak Leads to New British Testing Requirement

August 07, 2006

An outbreak of swamp fever - Equine Infectious Anaemia - in Ireland, with up to 18 horses reported to have been infected, appears to be in check but Britain has imposed controls from August 14 to try and stop the disease entering the... Read More

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Nineteen Virginia Horses Confirmed Negative for EIA

August 07, 2006

After two horses tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) on June 28 in Pulaski County, Va., 19 other horses within a one-mile radius were tested and confirmed negative, according to Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the... Read More

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EVA Outbreak and Vaccine Shortage Affecting Western U.S.

August 07, 2006

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) has resulted in quarantine restrictions in 18 states, with nine states reporting positive cases. A... Read More

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Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

August 04, 2006

The heat wave that swept across the U.S. this week broke temperature records and strained power grids as people cranked up the air conditioning in an attempt to keep cool. Horses also suffered in the extreme temperatures, prompting a shut-down a... Read More

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Body Builders--Muscles

August 01, 2006

Muscles are one of the most important components in the equine body. Without them, the horse would be unable to walk, chew and digest food, or even swish his tail. Muscles comprise the largest tissue mass in the horse's body. There are various types ... Read More

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Feeding to Prevent and Control Disease

August 01, 2006

Dietary management can work like magic for specific equine diseases.... Read More

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Authorities Find Equine Infectious Anemia in Ireland

August 01, 2006

Three horses tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) at two Thoroughbred stud farms in County Meath, Ireland. It is suspected the disease was introduced through the use of infected blood products. This is the first time the disease had... Read More

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Conference Stresses Disaster Planning and Large Animal Rescue

August 01, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hosted the 2006 National Conference on Animals in Disaster (NCAD) May 31-June 3 in Arlington, Va. A variety of animal rescue organizations sponsored the event, which was attended by more than 650... Read More

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Spinal Taps Not Necessary for EPM Testing?

August 01, 2006

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has been widely regarded as the only definitive way to diagnose the disease. This test can be difficult, expensive, and potentially dangerous, and according to new... Read More

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This Year's First Human Case of West Nile Confirmed in Pennsylvania

July 27, 2006

Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson today (July 27) reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Pennsylvania this year. The individual, a 43-year-old York County male, was hospitalized and released and has recovered.

"The fact... Read More

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Clinical Signs of Colic in the Horse: Book Excerpt

July 26, 2006

Clinical signs of colic are those changes in behavior or activity that indicate abdominal pain. Although these signs are relatively universal, individual horses may exhibit slightly different cues and different intensities to the same cause... Read More

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Texas Department of Agriculture Investigating Toxicity Deaths

July 25, 2006

The Texas Department of Agriculture is investigating the manner of pesticide application that led to the deaths of 27 horses at a boarding facility in Read More

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Anthrax Reported in Texas

July 24, 2006

It's the same song, yet another verse for naturally-occurring anthrax cases in livestock and wildlife in Val Verde and Read More

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Texas A&M: Horse Mortality Incident Traced to Pesticide

July 21, 2006

Testing at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory has yielded evidence that the toxic principal responsible for the recent deaths of more... Read More

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Exact Cause of Toxicity Deaths Still Unknown

July 21, 2006

Researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas, say they strongly suspect that the pesticide used on feed at nearby Carousel Acres was directly involved in the death of 27 horses. However, the reason for the extreme... Read More

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Veterinarians Investigate Toxicity Deaths

July 20, 2006

Twenty-seven horses have died in what appears to be an accidental poisoning at a Brazos County, Texas boarding barn, reports The Bryan-College Station Eagle, a local newspaper.

Preliminary reports suggest that the horses' feed... Read More

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Strangles Vaccines and Immunity to Streptococcus equi

July 14, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

Equine strangles is caused by Streptococcus equi, a biovar, or clonal descendent... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worst on Record

July 13, 2006

Saskatchewan, Canada, is experiencing its worst anthrax year on record. Animal health authorities have quarantined more than 28 premises in Saskatchewan for suspected anthrax contamination and have deemed 113 cattle deaths suspicious as of July... Read More

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Researchers Contemplate Role of Vesiviruses in MRLS

July 12, 2006

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers announced last month that they linked vesiviruses to abortions seen during Central Kentucky's bout with mare reproductive loss syndrome in 2001 and concluded that vesivirus-specific reagents should be... Read More

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Durkin to Deliver Racing Hall of Fame Keynote Speech

July 10, 2006

New York Racing Association track announcer Tom Durkin, the voice of the Breeders' Cup since its inception in 1984, will deliver the keynote speech during the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 24 States

July 10, 2006

Twenty-four states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated June 27). The disease has infected horses in four states: Iowa, North Dakota,... Read More

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Spinal Taps Unnecessary for EPM Diagnosis?

July 07, 2006

While cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing for equine protozoal myloencephalitis (EPM) is widely regarded as the only definitive way to diagnose the disease, the difficult, expensive, and potentially dangerous test might not be necessary, according... Read More

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Australian Toxic Feed Case Decided

July 06, 2006

An Australian court awarded $71,000 in damages after a Sydney area family’s Thoroughbred mare died and three other show horses were permanently retired due to heart conditions resulting from contaminated feed, the Sydney Morning... Read More

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Recovering From EPM

July 01, 2006

My horse was diagnosed about six months ago with EPM. Can I help him gain his strength back in his hind legs?... Read More

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Torn Eyelid Injury

July 01, 2006

Any injury that tears skin or causes painful swelling around the eye should receive immediate veterinary attention. ... Read More