Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Farnam Introduces Granular Larvacide for Mosquito Control

July 26, 2005

"The most important step any property owner can take to control mosquito populations is to remove all potential sources of stagnant water in which mosquitoes might breed," the USDA advises. Unfortunately, many necessary water sources cannot be... Read More

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South African Study on EIPH

July 26, 2005

An international collaboration of equine researchers launched a study in early July to examine the prevalence and severity of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in horses in South Africa. The researchers from the University of Pretoria... Read More

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Influenza in Horses

July 26, 2005

Editor's Note: This is from Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by author and veterinarian Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. The book is available from Read More

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Ellis Park Barn Released From Quarantine

July 25, 2005

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has released the quarantine of Barn 9 at Ellis Park following a third round of negative test results for the equine bacterial disease known as strangles.

Under the protocol established by the... Read More

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Anthrax in Livestock: Natural Occurrence or Terrorism?

July 22, 2005

Horse owners in most areas of the country would grow wide-eyed if they heard anthrax had been discovered in horses or other livestock in their region. On the other hand, individuals in the Great Plains (North Dakota to Texas) and Intermountain... Read More

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The New West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine Explained

July 20, 2005

Commercial vaccines leapt toward state-of-the-art on July 8 when the USDA granted a license for the world's first DNA vaccine for any species. Horses will benefit from this accomplishment that springs from more than four years of collaborative... Read More

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Fort Dodge Receives Approval of West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine

July 18, 2005

Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, today announced the licensure of West Nile-Innovator DNA, a novel vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus (WNV). Fort Dodge's... Read More

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More Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado

July 18, 2005

Another Colorado horse has tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) virus, according to an article in the Cortez Journal online. The 10-year-old Quarter Horse in Montezuma County was diagnosed with the illness July 14. An equine... Read More

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Kentucky Can't Pinpoint Origin of Strangles Cases

July 15, 2005

Kentucky legislators received assurances July 13 the state is well equipped to handle future equine disease outbreaks, but they got no answers to questions about the origin of the strangles cases earlier this spring at the Churchill Downs... Read More

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EIA-Positive Horse in Pennsylvania

July 15, 2005

Equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed July 13 in a Pennsylvania horse, said Bruce Schmucker, VMD, of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The horse is not showing any clinical signs of the disease and passed through Meadville... Read More

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Anthrax in North Dakota

July 15, 2005

Eleven premises in southeastern North Dakota have had confirmed cases of anthrax this year in bison, cattle, and horses as of July 14. It's not uncommon to find anthrax in the state annually, but Beth Carlson, DVM, deputy state veterinarian for... Read More

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Diary of an EHV-1 Survivor

July 13, 2005

Twenty-year-old Radar "just wasn’t looking right" when he came in from the pasture on April 6, recalls his owner, Bill McCarthy, PhD. "When I picked his feet up to pick them out, he would just fall into me," said McCarthy. "The next day the stat... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Delta County, Colorado

July 13, 2005

Colorado has become the fifth state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) this year. A six-year-old horse in Delta County tested positive for the disease, and the premise has been placed under... Read More

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Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

July 13, 2005

According to a July 12 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico, and San Juan and Uintah Counties in... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Two Oklahoma Horses

July 11, 2005

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) confirmed on July 7 that two horses in the southwest region of the state had tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) The equine cases were reported in Comanche and Washita counties.

"Give... Read More

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West Nile Virus National and State Links

July 08, 2005

National Surveillance Maps

Information submitted and verified to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

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Strangles Identified in Horse at Ellis Park

July 07, 2005

A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park in Henderson County, Kentucky, has been diagnosed with strangles. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the office of the state veterinarian, said the filly presented June 30 with an elevated body... Read More

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Anthrax Detected in Texas

July 06, 2005

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced today that ranches in Sutton County have laboratory-confirmed cases of anthrax in horses, deer, and cattle. Laboratory results are pending for several other sites in the county, where... Read More

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Photosensitization in the Horse

July 01, 2005

 

Photosensitization is a serious skin condition characterized by "sunburned," crusty skin that dies and sloughs away. It is usually caused by a reaction to something the horse has eaten, but the skin problem does not appear until the... Read More

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Strangles: What to Know

July 01, 2005

The first reported case of strangles in a horse was in the year 1251, and it has continued to worry horse owners since that time. Your veterinarian has a wealth of knowledge about strangles infections in horses. This article will expose you to the... Read More

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Acupuncture for Acute Heaves

July 01, 2005

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic illness in horses, especially recurrent airway obstruction (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heaves). Unfortunately, there are few objective studies supporting... Read More

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Strangles Risk and Treatment

July 01, 2005

Strangles is hardly a new disease, having been recognized as a contagious bacterial problem in horses for centuries. Yet it still remains a troublesome and persistent issue, and it is identified worldwide. Research has been directed toward... Read More

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Herpesvirus Breakthrough

July 01, 2005

Preliminary research on equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing modified live virus (Rhinomune) appears to be more effective in preventing infection than killed... Read More

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EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed at Churchill Downs

July 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs in mid-May. Three barns remained under quarantine until horses in those barns met requirements by May 24 to begi... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Outbreak

July 01, 2005

As of May 26, there are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia Horse Center in Maryland. The facility has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late... Read More