Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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West Nile Virus Positive Numbers Climb in Canada

August 31, 2001

According to Health Canada, the number of West Nile virus-positive birds from Canada has been climbing since initial confirmation on Aug. 23 in a crow found Aug. 8 near Windsor in Ontario.

This crow was the first of the 1391 birds teste... Read More

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Florida's Fourth Human West Nile Virus Case Confirmed

August 31, 2001

The Florida Department of Health announced Aug. 24 that the fourth human encephalitis case caused by the West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed. The case is a 73-year-old woman from Sarasota County, who is believed to have contracted the... Read More

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Is No News, Good News?

August 24, 2001

While there haven’t been any headlines about the various syndromes that affected a large section of the eastern and mid-western United States this spring, that doesn’t mean that researchers or practitioners aren’t hard at work.... Read More

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Arkansas Has New EIA Law

August 24, 2001

The Arkansas 2001 General Assembly recently passed Act 540, which defines and sets standards for an equine infectious anemia (EIA) research facility and requires a Certified EIA Verifier to be present to check Coggins... Read More

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West Nile Virus Continues to Spread

August 24, 2001

Preliminary tests suggest that West Nile virus might be living in Canada. The virus that first appeared in the Western Hemisphere in 1999 was detected recently in a bird in Louisiana and in humans in Georgia and New York. Georgia also... Read More

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Florida's Third Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported

August 24, 2001

The Florida Department of Health announced Monday that a third human case of encephalitis caused by the West Nile virus (WNV) has been diagnosed. The case is a 40-year-old man from Jefferson County. There have been two other confirmed human case... Read More

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Equine West Nile Virus Case in Pennsylvania

August 24, 2001

Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. announced Aug. 15 that West Nile virus had been confirmed in a horse at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Bucks County.

According to a United States Department of Agriculture Emergenc... Read More

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Detoxifying Cyanide

August 24, 2001

According to Dr. Terry Fitzgerald, the Eastern tent caterpillar does a very good job of detoxifying the cyanide it ingests when eating the leaves of black cherry trees. Fitzgerald, a distinguished university professor of biological sciences at... Read More

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Removal of Fencerow Black Cherry Trees

August 24, 2001

A publication recently developed by the University of Kentucky’s Jeff Stringer, Department of Forestry, and J. D. Green, Department of agronomy, outlines the proper way to eradicate black cherry trees from your property. These trees are known to... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Central Indiana

August 24, 2001

A crow found in southeastern Marion County is the first positive indicator that West Nile virus (WNV) has officially arrived in Indiana.

State health officials say that although this is the first time WNV, which is transmitted by... Read More

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Foal/Fetal Losses: Keeping Watch

August 24, 2001

Several reproductive specialists at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., are following about 100 pregnant mares. These are mares from farms which were either affected or unaffected by foal/fetal losses this spring... Read More

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Jockey Club Projects 2002 Foal Crop of 35,600

August 24, 2001

The Jockey Club is cautiously projecting a 2002 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 35,600, due to uncertainties concerning the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) which affected central Kentucky this spring.

"At this... Read More

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Are You Ready For West Nile?

August 18, 2001

The dog days of summer are here, and if weather patterns hold true, it will be hot and humid over a large area of the country. And if disease patterns hold true, humans and horse owners are starting the worst time of year for West Nile. Even... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Louisiana

August 17, 2001

The first presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Louisiana has been confirmed by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Arbovirus Testing Laboratory (ATL) and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ATL is part of the... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Ohio

August 03, 2001

A bluejay in northeastern Ohio is the first positive indicator that West Nile virus (WNV) has arrived in Ohio, according to state and local health officials. No horse or human cases have been found. While this is the first time WNV, a viral... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Released

August 02, 2001

The equine industry called out for a way to protect its horses from the deadly neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV), and researchers and federal authorities responded. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Fort Dodge Anima... Read More

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Life After Colic Surgery

August 01, 2001

Q: My horse had successful colic surgery about 3 1/2 years ago. He is now for sale, but as soon as someone hears that he had the surgery, they are no longer interested and ignore all the good points about the horse. Is there any... Read More

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Insects and Parasites: Fighting Fall Foes

August 01, 2001

However, some horse-troubling insects and parasites become more active during late summer and fall. Unchecked, they can be an annoyance, stress a horse's energy reserves during the winter months, or cause illness or death. It is up to you to protect ... Read More

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Equine Corneal Problems: Wait and See Will Not Work

August 01, 2001

A corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis) is the most serious eye disease that veterinarians treat. Defined as a lesion in which the outer layer and some of the middle layer of the cornea have been lost, even simple ulcers can quickly progress to... Read More

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Opening the Airways

August 01, 2001

Only racehorses get exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), right? Aren't they the only ones working hard enough to rupture blood vessels in their lungs? The answer to this question is not so simple. Research has shown that EIPH occurs in... Read More

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Georgia Horse Succumbs to West Nile Virus

August 01, 2001

Georgia’s first confirmed case of a horse infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) has prompted Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin to seek an earlier shipment of the vaccine recently approved by the United States... Read More

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D.C. Reports Additional West Nile Virus-Positive Birds

August 01, 2001

The D.C. Department of Health has announced that an additional twelve crows have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total number this year in the District to 22. The crows were found between August 6th and August 9th in the... Read More

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EEE Detected in Michigan

August 01, 2001

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Dan Wyant announced Aug. 15 that Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus was recently detected in three Kalamazoo County gray catbirds. The positive birds, common carriers of EEE, indicate the... Read More

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If All Else Fails, Use Baycox?

August 01, 2001

Several Standardbred trainers have told me that when a vet cannot find what is wrong with their horses, the vet will suggest putting them on Baycox. I recently had two vets tell me to try my 3-year-old trotter on Baycox. They had gone all... Read More

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West Nile Virus Virus-positive Crow Found in Virginia

July 27, 2001

Virginia's Commissioner of Health E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, announced Tuesday, July 24, that a dead crow found in Alexandria has been confirmed as having West Nile virus. The crow is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in the... Read More