Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Fifth WNV Case in Kentucky

August 24, 2006

A new case of West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed today (Aug. 24) in Nelson County, Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. This is the second WNV case confirmed in that county, and... Read More

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Florida: Fewer Mosquitoes, Fewer EEE Cases

August 23, 2006

Fifteen cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been detected in Florida this year, prompting veterinarians to conclude that drought has been keeping mosquito numbers down. Typically, the state logs an average of 65 cases by the end of... Read More

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Two More Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 23, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Aug. 23) that two more cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses have been confirmed, bringing the total equine case count to four.

"Results of testing received today from the... Read More

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Pinpointing Colic Risk Factors

August 22, 2006

In a yearlong observational study of 128 horses on six farms in Kerman, Iran, researchers with the University of Kerman sought to identify risk factors most likely to contribute to colic. Researchers correlated the colic incidence rates to age,... Read More

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Inoperable Tumor Found In Lost In the Fog

August 21, 2006

Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog has an inoperable tumor in addition to the large one found this week on his spleen and may have no more than two weeks to live, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Aug. 18.

The popular colt, owned by Harry Aleo,... Read More

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Florida Increases Import Restrictions on Livestock from VS States

August 21, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced to the state's practitioners on Aug. 18 that it has modified livestock import restrictions due to the recent detection of vesicular stomatitis... Read More

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Eastern Encephalitis Cases Logged in Florida

August 21, 2006

Florida Agriculture officials confirmed today (Aug. 21) that15 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been logged so far in 2006. Of those, only one horse was recorded as current on its EEE vaccination; the vaccination status on most of... Read More

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MAF Holiday Cards to Benefit Animal Health Research

August 18, 2006

Already the leader in private funding of research to protect, treat, and cure companion animals and wildlife, Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will raise the bar yet again in 2007 with new initiatives in canine and equine health. This year's... Read More

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WNV Reported in Michigan Horse

August 18, 2006

Michigan's State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Halstead today announced the state's first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse for 2006. The horse was a 3-year old gelding from Washtenaw County. Dr. Halstead urges residents to take precautions... Read More

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Second Anthrax Case in South Dakota

August 18, 2006

On Aug. 16, the South Dakota state veterinary office confirmed the state's second case of anthrax this year. As a result of the outbreak, three beef cows that were part of a herd of 51 unvaccinated cows died in Lincoln County. An earlier outbrea... Read More

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Kentucky Embargos Wyoming VS County

August 18, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office today (Aug. 18) placed an embargo on Natrona County in Wyoming due to the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS). A release this afternoon stated:

"With the notification that vesicular stomatitis... Read More

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One Confirmed Case, Additional Suspect Cases of VS in Wyoming

August 18, 2006

Yesterday (Aug. 17), the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory posted a USDA release on its web site announcing the first confirmed U.S. case of vesicular stomatitis in 2006. The case, a 10-year-old horse, is located near Casper in Natrona County.... Read More

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Five Montana Horses Diagnosed with WNV

August 17, 2006

West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in horses in five Montana counties, state Livestock Department officials said Wednesday (Aug. 16).

Horses in Cascade, Glacier, Phillips and Yellowstone counties and a second horse in Flathead... Read More

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Purina Releases Statement Regarding Texan Toxicity Incident

August 17, 2006

Press release from Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC:

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine has advised Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC that it has completed its investigation of the Brazos County, Texas, horse mortality... Read More

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Lost in the Fog to Undergo Tests Friday

August 17, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school will run extensive tests on Lost in the Fog Friday in order to determine whether they will perform surgery to remove what is believed to be a cancerous mass from his spleen. If the... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Suspected to Have Cancer

August 16, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, through a stomach sonogram, have found a mass in Lost in the Fog's spleen that they suspect is a lymphoma, according to Greg Gilchrist, who trains last year's Eclipse Award-winning... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Treated for Colic

August 15, 2006

Last year's Elicpse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog is being treated for "a slight case" of colic at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, according to his trainer, Greg Gilchrist, who accompanied his stable star to... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worsens

August 13, 2006

An anthrax outbreak that began in early July has claimed 637 animals and caused 134 premises to be quarantined in Saskatchewan, Canada, as of Aug. 10, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The outbreak is the largest on record... Read More

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13 Kentucky Potomac Horse Fever Cases Confirmed

August 12, 2006

A few cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) occur each fall in Kentucky. This year, a few cases have been seen, but they occurred a little earlier than normal. Nathan Slovis, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, said the early... Read More

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USDA Working to Reduce Wildlife Rabies

August 09, 2006

The Unites States Department of Agriculture is dropping bait cubes laced with oral rabies vaccine throughout Appalachian states in an attempt to slow the spread of raccoon-strain rabies in the wild and... Read More

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Shipping a Horse with Colic (Book Excerpt)

August 09, 2006

In my experience, shipping a horse with a severe case of colic can be a dangerous and harrowing experience. If at all possible the horse should be seen by a veterinarian and stabilized prior to transport.... Read More

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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