Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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One More Human West Nile Case In NJ

December 29, 2000

Laboratory testing and analysis completed last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed that a fifth New Jersey resident was infected with the West Nile virus (WNV) this past summer.

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State Agencies Ask Floridians To Look For West Nile Virus

December 15, 2000

The Florida Departments of Health (DOH), Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) are asking Floridians to help determine if West Nile virus (WNV) arrives in the state.

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Blood Builders (Hematinics)

December 01, 2000

Administration of hematinics (also known as "blood builders") to horses, either in the form of dietary supplements or as injectable compounds, is commonly practiced by owners, trainers, and veterinarians. The general objective in using these... Read More

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USGS Researchers: West Nile Moves Bird-to-Bird

November 27, 2000

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said recently that the West Nile Virus can be transmitted from bird-to-bird in a confined laboratory setting. It had been thought that the virus was only transmitted through mosquito bites.... Read More

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USDA Amends Regulations on Horses From Spain

November 27, 2000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is amending the requirements for health certificates accompanying imported Spanish pure breed horses from Spain which specify whether or not the horses were raised on breeding premises.

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Old Habits Dies Of Heart Attack

November 10, 2000

Champion and All American Derby (Grade 1) Quarter Horse Racing winner Old Habits died Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack after a gallop at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Trainer Danny Cardoza was ponying Old Habits off the trac... Read More

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European Union Increases Equine Import Restrictions

November 10, 2000

The European Commission of the European Union (EU) has notified the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service (APHIS) that import restrictions have been expanded to horses from Pennsylvania due to... Read More

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Two More West Nile Birds Found In Virginia

November 10, 2000

Virginia's Commissioner of Health E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, reported Tuesday that two more crows have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Virginia. The two crows were found in Fairfax and Spotsylvania Counties. The total number of crow... Read More

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Delaware Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

November 10, 2000

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a horse from a farm on the northwest side of Clayton has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first appearance of the virus in Delaware.

The horse was first... Read More

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Salmonella: Beware The Bacteria

November 01, 2000

Although it's ever-present, under normal conditions Salmonella will have little influence on your horse's heath. But, if he's stressed and his immune system is operating at less than full capacity, the bacteria can sneak in and strike.... Read More

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Holding Off on Treatment to "Save Money"

November 01, 2000

Often, holding off on treatment to save money in the form of vet bills results in longer, more expensive treatment, with the horse's performance or reproductive career being placed in jeopardy. ... Read More

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Colicky Olympian Recovers

November 01, 2000

The United States received a scare when Foltaire, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding and Olympic Dressage Team member, had a bout with colic at the Sydney International Equestrian Center. The horse, who is piloted by Guenter Seidel of Del Mar... Read More

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Vitamin E and Equine Motor Neuron Disease

November 01, 2000

Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, reported at the Cornell at Saratoga Symposium on Equine Health Care that many of the questions about equine motor neuron disease (EMND) have been answered. EMND was first reported in 1990 by the late... Read More

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Another West Nile Horse In Connecticut

October 27, 2000

The State yesterday (Oct. 26) announced a seventh case of WNV in a horse. The horse, from Glastonbury, is recovering, and its stable mates have shown no signs of sickness. No spraying is planned, and mosquito trapping will... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in North Carolina

October 27, 2000

The U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, confirmed Oct. 20 that a dead crow found in North Carolina is positive for West Nile Virus, the first evidence of the disease found in the state. The crow was found... Read More

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First Human WNV Case Confirmed In Connecticut

October 20, 2000

The State of Connecticut Department Public Health (DPH) yesterday announced the first confirmed instance of WNV infection in a Connecticut resident from Norwalk. DPH confirms a female from Norwalk experienced only several days of headache withou... Read More

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Connecticut Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

October 13, 2000

On October 11, 2000, the State of Connecticut confirmed a horse testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Cheshire. This is the fifth horse testing positive for WNV in Connecticut this year. The owner reported the onset of clinical signs on... Read More

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Pennsylvania Horse Dead From West Nile

October 06, 2000

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Wednesday that the West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in a horse in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County.

This is the first confirmed case of West Nile infection in a Pennsylvania horse... Read More

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10 Horses Dead From West Nile

October 06, 2000

West Nile virus (WNV) has topped headlines in the Northeast for the better part of 2000, and now has sickened at least 15 horses in the states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. As the magazine went to press,... Read More

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Input Requested From Horse People

October 06, 2000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs your help to develop an equine viral arteritis (EVA) regulatory program for U.S. horses.

The equine industry regards the disease as a potentially significant and increasing economic threat.... Read More

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Stress Testing

October 01, 2000

For a horse to perform well as an athlete, all body systems must be in good working order. When one or more system "breaks down," the horse is no longer able to perform to its potential, and the owner, rider, and trainer will notice a decline in... Read More

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Wind Soundness Exam Studies

October 01, 2000

Thoroughbred yearlings sold at public auction here and abroad often are subject to endoscopic examination of their upper respiratory tracts. Veterinarians and potential buyers are looking for evidence of deformities that could affect the ability... Read More

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Hearing Heartbeats

October 01, 2000

To assist veterinarians in discerning normal from abnormal heart sounds, an interactive equine medical CD was created with recordings of 13 equine heart sounds and associated ultrasound images. The recordings include murmurs, atrial fibrillation... Read More

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Two More West Nile Birds In Pennsylvania

September 29, 2000

Pa. State officials yesterday (Sept. 28) confirmed that dead crows in Southampton, Bucks County, and Lansdowne, Delaware County, have tested positive for West Nile virus, bringing the total infected birds in the state to four.... Read More

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Three More NY Horses Test Positive For West Nile

September 29, 2000

New York's Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rutgers announced Tuesday that three horses in the Middletown area of Orange County have tested positive for WNV. One 16-year-old horse was euthanized on Sept. 7 and two horses ar... Read More