Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Michigan EPM Studies--Exposure, Testing, Control

June 01, 2001

Research from Michigan State University (MSU) estimates that 60% of horses in the state have been exposed to Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Analysis showed that seroprevalence... Read More

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International West Nile Conference

June 01, 2001

As mosquito populations began another season of activity, scientists met for the International Conference on West Nile Virus (WNV) in White Plains, N.Y. Individuals from as far away as Israel, Romania, Russia, France, and South Africa joined... Read More

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Flaxseed Might Help Fight Sweet-Itch

June 01, 2001

A University of Guelph Equine Research Centre (ERC) study indicates that flaxseed (linseed) can relieve symptoms of sweet-itch, an allergic skin condition more formally known as recurrent seasonal pruritis. Sweet-itch is a common complaint in... Read More

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Results From Informal Spring Loss Questionaire

June 01, 2001

We thank those of you who participated in last week's survey of farms experiencing symptoms similar to the spring loss syndromes. We had over 150 individuals respond since May 25, from all areas of North America. We received many replies from... Read More

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More West Nile Virus Findings In New Jersey

June 01, 2001

Two crows collected in Edison, New Jersey, May 22 and 24 tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). To date, 118 crows and 1 hawk have been tested by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services' Public Health and Environmental Laboratory.... Read More

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Maryland Crow Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

June 01, 2001

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Laboratories confirmed May 24 that a crow found in Baltimore City tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV). This first confirmed crow of the 2001 season was found in the 3100 block... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers: A Pain in the Gut

June 01, 2001

Over the last 10-12 years, veterinarians and researchers have documented an alarmingly high prevalence of gastric ulcers in horses. Worse, the prevalence seems to be even higher in horses in training, particularly racehorses. Of course, the rise... Read More

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Veterinarians Report Pericarditis Cases Still Being Seen

May 31, 2001

Horse owners should not become too lax even though researchers say the insult that caused the foal losses and other health problems this spring in Kentucky and other states probably is past.

There still are lingering problems in the aftermat... Read More

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Researchers Probing How Mares Ingested Cyanide; 150 Farms Surveyed

May 31, 2001

Scientists now believe they know why more than 500 foals died and mares spontaneously aborted several thousand more early pregnancies on central Kentucky's horse farms this spring.

Their work, however, is far from finished as... Read More

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Attending to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Costly

May 31, 2001

While cost isn't always the most important consideration when it comes to a crisis, over time, the costs can add up.

For example, since Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome materialized in Kentucky, veterinarians and farm managers have been... Read More

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Epidemiologic Survey Teams Begin

May 31, 2001

Beginning Wednesday May 30, trained veterinarians, researchers and technicians will be contacting and visiting farms to administer an in-depth confidential farm survey. Questions will involve routine farm management, pasture management, and... Read More

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Non-Thoroughbred Breeding Farms Wanted

May 31, 2001

Attention to all non-Thoroughbred horse farms in Kentucky with more than 20 mares. If mares were bred between March 1 and May 1, examined by ultrasound as being in foal prior to 40 days and also after 60 days of gestation we strongly encourage... Read More

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Daily MRLS Information Updates Cease

May 31, 2001

As of May 25, we will be discontinuing the posting of daily reports from the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC). Both field reports from equine practitioners and submissions to the LDDC, indicate a sharp decline in number of MRLS... Read More

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May 25 MRLS Update

May 31, 2001

Following is from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture as of Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. More information can be found on their web site at Read More

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Dead Crow Found In Milford, Connecticut Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

May 25, 2001

From the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

On May 23, the State Mosquito Management Program announced the first bird positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Connecticut, submitted from Milford and tested... Read More

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Armadillo Linked to EPM

May 25, 2001

A recent study from the University of Florida found that the nine-banded armadillo is an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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AVMA Wants Legislation Preparing For Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks

May 25, 2001

The AVMA is working with officials in Washington, DC, to draft legislation outlining procedures for preventing the introduction of a foreign animal disease in North America, and a well-coordinated emergency response plan to be implemented in the... Read More

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EPM Study

May 25, 2001

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious and often fatal neurologic disease of equids. Animals affected by EPM can demonstrate a variety of clinical abnormalities, and signs can vary tremendously in severity. Classically, horses wit... Read More

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Grass Sickness Remains Research Priority

May 25, 2001

The death of Dubai Millennium from grass sickness has again highlighted the devastating effects of the disease, and brought to prominence research tied to finding causes and a cure.

In Great Britain, research is being carried out at Edinburg... Read More

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Researchers Zero In on Cyanide as Cause of Foal Loss Syndrome

May 25, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center have made significant progress in their quest to find the cause of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

According to reports presented Thursday during an informational forum at... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pastures Deemed 'Safe' For Mares

May 25, 2001

Dr. David Powell of the Gluck Equine Research Center said at the Keeneland informational meeting on the evening of May 24 that he is "confident at this stage that the incidence of problems has dropped significantly." Therefore, he offered the... Read More

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Questions and Answers From May 24 Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Meeting

May 25, 2001

Following are some of the questions and answers from the informational meeting Thursday about Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

Q: A veterinarian from Minnesota asked if there were alterations in immune functions in mares... Read More

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Latest Twist in Foal Loss Syndrome: Mycotoxins Out, Cyanide In

May 25, 2001

No longer does the mysterious Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome appear to be the result of incredibly high mycotoxin levels in pasture grasses; now the most likely cause appears to be cyanide brought onto pastures from wild black cherry trees, carrie... Read More

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Study Shows Nearly 30% Foal Loss On Four Major Farms

May 25, 2001

A reproductive study examining the breeding records of four Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms reveals that nearly 30% of mares bred between early February and early May 2001 who were declared at one time to be in foal, lost those foals.

Dr... Read More

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Facts About Black Cherry Trees and Tent Caterpillars

May 25, 2001

The good news is if the Eastern tent caterpillars were responsible in some way for this spring's outbreak of foal loss, that they are gone now, cocooned and growing into the next generation of moths. The bad news is that next year, they could be... Read More