Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Investigating Foal Respiratory Disease

January 09, 2002

"While many outbreaks of respiratory disease in foals are infectious in nature, this is not always the case," she began. "Environmental factors can have a profound effect."... Read More

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"Glass Horse" Unveiled at Veterinary Convention

January 03, 2002

Hundreds of veterinarians waited patiently in line in San Diego, Calif., on the afternoon of Nov. 26—and not at the airport. They were waiting in the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention trade show to purchase a copy of “The... Read More

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Shared Diseases

January 01, 2002

The term zoonosis (plural zoonoses) means a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The name is derived from the Greek "zoi" or "zoe," meaning life, plus "nosos," meaning disease. An equine zoonosis is a disease that humans can... Read More

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Moon Blindness Attacks

January 01, 2002

 Q. Is there any food, treat, or climate that causes moon blindness flare-ups? My horse recently had one, and I want to prevent any more if possible. I already use a fly mask for "sunglasses." Paige

A. Unfortunately, we... Read More

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Diagnosing West Nile Virus

January 01, 2002

A recent report outlined a series of cases of West Nile virus infection in horses seen at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. The findings might help horse owners and veterinarians identify this infection more readily.... Read More

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West Nile Virus Site Launched for Horse Owners

December 27, 2001

Fort Dodge Animal Health has taken a proactive approach to keeping horse owners informed on the spread and dangers of West Nile virus (WNV) by launching an information-packed web site and developing educational literature.

In just two... Read More

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Pericarditis Study Results Released

December 17, 2001

Pericarditis is a disease involving the sac around the heart and the heart itself. The disease is uncommon. During the spring of 2001, however, an unexpectedly large number of cases... Read More

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Australia Asks, "What If...?"

December 12, 2001

In a move to determine what an outbreak of a serious equine disease might cost the government and equine industry in Australia, the government group Animal Health Australia commissioned a report that looked at likely costs of an emergency... Read More

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First Equine-Specific Metered Dose Inhaler Approved by FDA

December 03, 2001

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with asthma or chronic bronchitis, you’ve probably been prescribed a convenient inhaler that delivers your medication into your airway. For the first time, horses with recurrent airway... Read More

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Frostbite: The Bite of Winter

December 01, 2001

How can you tell if you horse has frostbite, and what should you do if your horse has frostbite? ... Read More

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MRLS Research Yields Answers

December 01, 2001

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture released guidelines (below) to help horse owners and farm managers avoid mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) and the uveitis (eye) and pericarditis (heart) problems that struck horses in... Read More

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MRLS Kentucky Economic Impact: $336 Million

December 01, 2001

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky was lost due to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this spring. The economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million,... Read More

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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