Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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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

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Black Walnut Tree Shavings as Trail Mulch?

April 01, 2005

Q: This summer we are planning to start making riding trails on our heavily wooded property. As we cut down the branches and trees, we plan to chip the wood to mulch the trails. However, we have a good number of black walnut trees, and I am wondering... Read More

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Pigeon Fever: Abscesses Within and Without

April 01, 2005

The first thought that might run through your mind as you approach your horse in the pasture and see his swollen chest or belly is that he has been kicked. As you await your vet, you think back over the past few days, and realize that perhaps he... Read More

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Neurologic Herpesvirus in Canada and Pennsylvania

April 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been detected in horses in two additional areas of North America--Nova Scotia, Canada, and Meadowlands, Pa. At least four affected horses were put down (three in Canada and one in... Read More

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The Ever-Present Threat

April 01, 2005

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

West Nile virus (WNV) might be the new kid on the block, the one gaining all the media attention, but unfortunately, it is not the only... Read More

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Breaking News: Neurologic Herpesvirus Strain Mutation

April 01, 2005

New equine herpesvirus type-1 findings from a research collaboration between George Allen, PhD, professor in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, and Nicholas... Read More

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Strangles Guidelines Released to the Public

April 01, 2005

In 2005, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) released its consensus statement on guidelines for treatment, control, and prevention of strangles, which is caused by Streptococcus equi. The 12-page paper took a year... Read More

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Respiratory Disease Seminar

April 01, 2005

Influenza, equine herpesvirus, and strangles were highlighted by Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and section head of equine internal medicine at Kansas State University, at a Feb. 4 seminar sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health in... Read More

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R. Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

March 31, 2005

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

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California Strangles Outbreak; At Least 60 Horses Affected

March 30, 2005

A strangles outbreak has placed a boarding stable in northern Los Angeles County, Calif., under quarantine, and more than 60 horses at the farm remain under close observation. The outbreak of the highly contagious upper respiratory disease cause... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion

March 29, 2005

Exercise exhaustion can occur after relatively brief maximal exercise or after prolonged submaximal exercise.... Read More

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GBED Linked to Quarter Horse Bloodlines

March 29, 2005

Glycogen-branching enzyme disorder (GBED) has likely been a cause of neonatal mortality in Quarter Horses for decades, according to Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, who gave an update on her research on the disorder at the recent conference of the... Read More