Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Ohio Readies for West Nile

November 01, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) isn't disclosing any secrets about which direction it's headed next, but Ohio is considered to be in its path, and state officials have responded accordingly. A West Nile Virus Workgroup was formed in 2000,... Read More

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Florida West Nile Surveillance

November 01, 2001

Spring and summer are when frequent rains encourage mosquito population growth, increasing the risk of arboviruses (diseases spread by arthropod vectors) for equine populations. West Nile virus (WNV) looms as a possible threat, and the state of... Read More

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Non-Toxic Linseed

November 01, 2001

Horse owners wanting to take advantage of flaxseed's omega-3 content can rest easy. Flaxseed, or linseed, has a reputation as a toxic substance to horses when fed uncooked--earned because the seeds contain a small amount of cyanogenetic... Read More

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European Disease Affects Slaughter Industry

November 01, 2001

Concerns over mad cow disease and the resurgence of foot and mouth disease in Europe has had a devastating effect on the European beef cattle industry, and has brought about an increased demand for horse meat. Mad cow disease has created fears... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Information Available

November 01, 2001

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recently released a brochure about vesicular stomatitis for the horse owner. Vesicular stomatitis (VS) is a contagious disease that afflicts horses, livestock, wildlife, and humans. Althoug... Read More

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Reproductive Loss Survey Confirms Some Beliefs; Belies Others

November 01, 2001

Results from the survey of 133 farms in Central Kentucky regarding the early fetal loss and late-term abortions that occurred this spring substantiated some of the preliminary ideas held by researchers and veterinarians. The survey also put to... Read More

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Behind the Reproductive Loss Survey Numbers

November 01, 2001

"This survey was to identify risk factors, not causes," emphasized Roberta Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, of the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Dwyer led the team that surveyed 133 Central Kentucky farms. Some farms were... Read More

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Ohio Searches for Reasons Behind Its Spring Losses

November 01, 2001

The same survey questions used to look at risk factors in mares with late-gestation and early fetal losses in Central Kentucky are being used to investigate the outbreak in Southeastern Ohio.

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EEE Detected in Minnesota

November 01, 2001

Minnesota recently had its first encounter with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) when the disease was confirmed in two horses in separate areas of the state. One horse was from Blue Earth County in southern Minnesota, and the other was from... Read More

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Flu Avert in Canada

November 01, 2001

Heska Corporation announced Sept. 24 that it has received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell Flu Avert I.N., an intranasal influenza vaccine, in Canada. Heska has granted Novartis Animal Health Canada, Inc., exclusive... Read More

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When Your Horse Thinks He's a Termite...

November 01, 2001

Q: Is chewing pressure-treated wood (the green-tinged wood) dangerous for horses?

Catherine

Q: Our horses have started eating our fences and tree bark quite frequently this year.... Read More

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The Impact of West Nile Virus

November 01, 2001

Before the late summer of 1999, most veterinarians in the United States could not have told you much about West Nile virus (WNV). Most regulatory veterinarians, like myself, only knew that WNV didn't exist in the Western Hemisphere, and it wasn'... Read More

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West Nile Virus Migrates to the Southeast

November 01, 2001

The year's first four equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States have been confirmed in Florida. Three positive horses were located in Jefferson County, and one was found in bordering Leon County. The United States Department of... Read More

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FDA Approves First EPM Treatment

November 01, 2001

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. Bayer Animal Health of Shawnee Mission, Kan., is the sponsor of the drug ponazuril, which will have the trade name... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Ohio

November 01, 2001

At press time, West Nile virus (WNV) had officially arrived in Ohio, according to state and local health officials. The virus was found in a blue jay in Lake County, in northeastern Ohio. This is the farthest west that WNV has been found in the... Read More

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Skunk Revealed as an EPM Intermediate Host

November 01, 2001

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk can serve as an intermediate host in the laboratory for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The striped skunk's... Read More

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Pacemaker Recipient Gives Birth

November 01, 2001

A Thoroughbred/Irish Draught mare received a pacemaker in groundbreaking surgery at Great Britain's Royal Veterinary (UK) College's Sefton Equine Hospital in February. Seven-year-old Xena was weak... Read More

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Wyoming Herpesvirus Outbreak

November 01, 2001

An equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) outbreak has affected nearly 50 horses and caused the deaths of seven horses in Wyoming. The outbreak occurred at Paradise Ranch in Johnson County near Buffalo.... Read More

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EPM Treatment Research

November 01, 2001

More than 50 years ago, horses at The Jockey Club in San Paulo, Brazil, were suffering from a neurologic disease that caused muscle wasting. In 1964, that same disease was seen in North America. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the... Read More

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West Nile Virus In 18 States & D.C.

November 01, 2001

Since its first appearance in this country in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has found its way into the everyday vocabulary of the horse community as it has made its way through 18 states... Read More

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Clinical Signs of West Nile Virus

November 01, 2001

Nathan Slovis, DVM, an internal medicine specialist at the veterinary firm of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, Ky. diagnosed the first equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Kentucky, and described... Read More

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EEE Outbreak in Wisconsin

November 01, 2001

As many as 30 horses in northwestern Wisconsin recently died from what officials believe is Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). Most of the cases were found in an area 30 miles north of Eau Claire,... Read More

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Anthrax Affects Everyone

November 01, 2001

Anthrax is a rapidly developing, acute or sub-acute, fever-producing, infectious disease of all warm-blooded species, including humans. It is a dangerous, reportable disease that when suspected in an animal should be brought immediately to the... Read More

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How Does Your Horse Score?

November 01, 2001

Keeping a close eye on your horse's body condition and weight is perhaps the best way to gauge the effectiveness of a feeding program. We all want our horses to be in tip-top shape, well-muscled, and neither too fat nor too thin. The problem?... Read More

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West Nile Virus Update for 2001

November 01, 2001

Horses in Alabama, Virginia, and Louisiana have been battling West Nile virus (WNV) for the first time since it hit the Western Hemisphere in 1999. In the meantime, veterinarians, public health officials, and horse owners are anticipating the... Read More