Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Interview from a MRLS Test Farm

May 08, 2003

Some horse and agriculture farms were asked to be test farms during and after the mare reproductive loss (MRLS) crisis in 2001. One of those farms is Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., owned by John D.... Read More

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Obesity is Dangerous, Warns UK Researcher

May 07, 2003

Laminitis specialist Robert Eustace, BVSc, Cert EO, Cert. EP, MRCVS, director of The Laminitis Clinic in Wiltshire, England, wants horse obesity to be declared a welfare concern. In a campaign launched at the annual meeting of the International... Read More

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Report Released: Economic Impact of WNV on Colorado and Nebraska Equine Industries in 2002

May 06, 2003

A study led by researchers at Colorado State University determined that the effects of West Nile virus (WNV) cost equine owners in Colorado and Nebraska more than $1.25 million in 2002, and prevention costs for WNV vaccinations likely exceeded a... Read More

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Equine West Nile Virus Case in Minnesota

May 05, 2003

A 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare in Crow Wing County, was Minnesota's first equine West Nile virus (WNV) case for 2003, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBAH). Paul Anderson, MBAH assistant director, said the... Read More

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The Horse's Parent Company Announces Second Annual Book Warehouse Sale

May 04, 2003

Blood-Horse Publications announces its second annual book warehouse clearance sale will be held Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 349 Virginia Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. Sale hours are 9:00 am to 6:oo pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm... Read More

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Why the White Spots?

May 01, 2003

I'd like to ask a question about my horse's skin problem--depigmentation. He is a 10-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding with dark eyes and eyelids. But now there is a pink spot on his left upper eyelid and I think it's getting larger. The... Read More

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Lyme Disease From Contaminated Feed?

May 01, 2003

Q: Is it possible for a horse to get Lyme disease from eating a tick with his pasture grass, or from eating an infected tick or other source of the bacteria in his hay or feed?        ... Read More

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The Whites of Their Eyes

May 01, 2003

I have a 3-year-old filly which has prominent white around her eyes. Most farriers and several others tell me this is a sign of madness in a horse. I always thought that this was an old wives' tale, but this particular filly does appear to b... Read More

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California West Nile Virus Seminar

May 01, 2003

California is bracing for West Nile virus (WNV). N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, said that he and his colleagues expect to... Read More

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Box Containing WNV Explodes at Fed Ex Site

May 01, 2003

A package containing West Nile virus (WNV) exploded on March 18 at a Federal Express building in Columbus, Ohio, near the Port Columbus International Airport, the Associated Press reported. Fifty workers were evacuated.

The shoebox-size... Read More

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

May 01, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine at the West Nile Virus Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More

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Colorado State West Nile Virus Study

May 01, 2003

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers released results March 25 from a study that examined the characteristics of 2002's West Nile virus (WNV) equine outbreaks in Colorado and Nebraska. The study was a collaborative effort between the stat... Read More

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A Florida Practitioner's Perspective on WNV

May 01, 2003

Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida (UF), spoke about West Nile virus (WNV) protective strategies for horse owners and veterinarians at a March 7 meeting in Lexington, Ky. Veterinarians and public officials gathered... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed at Kentucky Racetrack; Pennsylvania Track Lifts Quarantine

May 01, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The March 18 announcement of this fact followed treatment of EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and... Read More

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Findlay Classes Resume After EHV-1 Outbreak

May 01, 2003

Classes resumed March 10 at the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which had been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1). (For more on the outbreak,... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis

May 01, 2003

Of particular interest to horse owners was Johnson's black-and-white linkage of the newly termed EMS condition with laminitis and obesity. "Obesity-associated insulin refractory state" was Johnson's precise description of "Equine Metabolic Syndrome" ... Read More

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It's Enough to Give Him an Ulcer!

May 01, 2003

If your horse does more than walk around his pasture eating grass, he is at risk for ulcers. The equine life of leisure--grazing in the sun on lush grass, no worries about when that ambitious owner will appear to ride or train--isn't reality for... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Update

April 30, 2003

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

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Canada Reports First 2003 Presumed WNV-Positive Bird

April 29, 2003

York Region Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hanif Kassam, has announced that a dead crow has undergone testing and is presumed to be positive for West Nile virus (WNV ). The crow was found in the town of Newmarket. The bird is the first... Read More

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Mosquito Disease Could Slow Spread of West Nile Virus

April 25, 2003

A disease that kills mosquitoes could be one way to slow the spread of West Nile virus (WNV), the USDA said in an Associated Press story.

Jim Becnel, a scientist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, said Wednesday he and a team... Read More

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Equine Influenza Spreads in the U.K.

April 23, 2003

Equine influenza has spread to nearly 20 premises—mostly Thoroughbred training stables--in the United Kingdom, and it has been detected in the eastern, central, and southern parts of the country. “The reason(it’s unusual) is because despite the... Read More

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23 Florida EEE Cases

April 21, 2003

The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE) in horses has risen to 23 in north central Florida, according to Bill Jeter, DVM, Diagnostic Veterinary Manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. This confirmed earlier... Read More

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EHV Outbreak in the U.K. Unusual; Asymptomatic Cases Could be EHV-4

April 18, 2003

“It’s very unusual to get EHV-1 outbreaks all at the same time on different premises,” said James Wood, BSc, BvetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DLSHTM, Dipl. ECVPH, Head of Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom, about the recent... Read More

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Pennsylvania Launches 2003 West Nile Virus Surveillance Program

April 16, 2003

Pennsylvania health official announced April 14 that Pennsylvania has launched this year's effort to detect and control mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus (WNV).

"It's that time of the year againtime to get your yard back in shape or... Read More

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Details of the U.K. EHV-1 Outbreak

April 15, 2003

The United Kingdom’s Animal Health Trust (AHT) has detailed the country’s EHV-1 outbreak that began in early March. At least 12 horses have been euthanized due to advanced neurologic deterioration resulting from infection.

The first... Read More