Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Airway Reactivity in Rural vs. Urban Horses

November 28, 2001

As cities continue to grow, so does pollution. It is only natural to think that horses might be affected by this pollution, since studies have found that exposure to air pollution particulate matter contributes to respiratory problems in humans.... Read More

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Sunrise Session: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

November 26, 2001

We’ve probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with a scratching problem no one could quite figure out. In Monday’s roundtable discussion on itchy horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horse... Read More

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General Medicine: The Michigan Cushing's Project

November 26, 2001

There have been advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing’s disease; however, previously there were no studies comparing the two most used medications—pergolide, a dopaminergic agonist, and cyproheptadine, a serotonin... Read More

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USDA Exempts Iceland from Horse Testing Regulation

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule earlier this month that amends the regulations to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and... Read More

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U.S. West Nile Virus Activity, Nov. 7-13, 2001

November 16, 2001

The following report summarizes West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance data reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through ArboNET and verified by states and other jurisdictions as of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.

During the week of... Read More

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Kentucky Confirms WNV Suspect Case

November 16, 2001

A 2-year-old Thoroughbred at Churchill Downs in Jefferson County was confirmed today to have West Nile virus (WNV), according to the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. That horse had been highly suspect and was being treated as a WNV case,... Read More

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Kentucky Logs More WNV Cases

November 15, 2001

Eight horses in Kentucky have been confirmed to have West Nile virus (WNV), and four of those horses have been euthanized. One of the confirmed horses was a Thoroughbred shipped to Fayette County, Kentucky, from Florida which... Read More

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MRLS Jacks Up Insurance Rates; Policies Offered as Incentives

November 15, 2001

Prospective foal insurance used to be about the new owner of a pregnant broodmare protecting his investment after the purchase. At this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale, insurance coverage became an
incentive to buy the mare in... Read More

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Raccoon Another EPM Natural Intermediate Host

November 14, 2001

Researchers at the USDA and The Ohio State University (OSU) have found that the raccoon can serve as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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West Nile Virus Suspected in Horse at Churchill Downs

November 12, 2001

Officials awaited word Nov. 12 on whether a Churchill Downs-based horse euthanized Oct. 25 had West Nile virus (WNV). A preliminary diagnosis indicated Rocket Express, a 2-year-old colt, had contracted the virus.

The Kentucky State... Read More

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Glaucoma in Foals

November 10, 2001

I am looking for information on glaucoma in foals. Any information will be helpful. ... Read More

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MRLS Not Expected To Have Lingering Effects

November 07, 2001

“Our best guess is that mares in foal should produce normal foals, and mares which are open should have no problem getting in foal next year,” stated Dr. John Steiner, a veterinary reproductive specialist with the firm of... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection, Jan. 1-Oct. 31, 2001

November 07, 2001

There have been 347 cases (344 confirmed, three probable) of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection in horses from 18 States (see Summary by state and county, below). Of 262 horses for which an outcome has been reported to date, at... Read More

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Cushing's and Seizures?

November 05, 2001

Seizures are rare in the horse, and adult horses especially have a high seizure threshold. Cushing's disease can cause seizures, but they are very rarely seen with this disease.... Read More

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Special Report: The Year Of The Strangles

November 02, 2001

Horse owners have experienced an escalated fight with strangles in 2000-2001. Researchers have long observed that the highly contagious upper respiratory disease is more prevalent in some years than others. Historically, this happens about every... Read More

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IN Strangles Vaccine Report

November 02, 2001

While many practitioners and horse owners have used the Pinnacle IN intranasal strangles vaccine with no problems, there have been some reports of adverse reactions and complications. According to Tom Overbay, DVM, of Fort Dodge Animal Health,... Read More

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World-Wide Strangles Research

November 02, 2001

"Strangles is probably the most important bacterial disease of the horse," explained John Timoney, MVB, PhD, DSc, MRCVS, of the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center, "and one for which a safe and effective vaccine is so very... Read More

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Disease Hampers Britain's Horse Movement

November 02, 2001

Representatives from 27 British equine organizations met in London on March 1 to discuss the potential for spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD), which affects only cloven-hooved animals. The disease was discovered in pigs at a slaughterhouse i... Read More

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EPM Vaccine

November 02, 2001

On Dec. 18, 2000, a vaccine to prevent EPM was approved by the USDA. As of Jan. 25, a total of 43 states had approved the use of the EPM vaccine under USDA conditional licensure. The vaccine must be used under the supervision of a... Read More

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Psyllium Mucilloid Effective In Removing Intestinal Sand?

November 02, 2001

Horses living near a coast or in the warm desert sun might seem to have a luxurious life, but many equines in these areas are threatened by abdominal sand on a daily basis. These occurrences were a problem for a group of veterinarians from... Read More

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West Nile Virus--Mosquito Not Required

November 02, 2001

Researchers at the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., recently discovered that West Nile virus can be passed from bird to bird in a laboratory setting without the bite of a mosquito.... Read More

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Dryland Distemper

November 02, 2001

One of the most commonly diagnosed bacterial problems in California (and several other western states) is dryland distemper, otherwise known as pigeon fever. This disease is caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis and is seen... Read More

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EEE In South Carolina

November 02, 2001

Encephalitis has plagued the East Coast in 2000, with South Carolina the latest state under attack. South Carolina's bout with at least nine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) had horse owners on the defensive this fall.

"We hav... Read More

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West Nile Continues Migration

November 02, 2001

"The inevitable has occurred," said Bruce L. Akey, DVM, when the first positive West Nile virus (WNV) bird case was confirmed in Prince Edward County, Va., on Oct. 13. Akey is director of Virginia's veterinary lab system. Then, as if the deadly... Read More

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Unusual Placentitis Cases Decrease

November 02, 2001

The cases of nocardioform placentitis in Central Kentucky fell from 144 cases during the 1999 foaling season to 48 in 2000, according to a report in Equine Disease Quarterly, a publication funded by Underwriters At Lloyd's of London,... Read More