Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Mare Study Preliminary Results Are Encouraging

September 07, 2001

There are no significant differences between mares bred in Kentucky and mares bred in Florida, according to the preliminary results of a study that was designed to determine the effects of mare reproductive loss system (MRLS). Tom Riddle, DVM,... Read More

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What's in Your Feed? (Contamination)

September 01, 2001

"Yuck!" you hear your friend exclaim from the feed room as you move down the barn aisle one evening, doling out flakes of hay.

"What is it?" you call over your shoulder.

"There are huge lumps of molasses in this bag of feed!" she... Read More

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Texas Prepares for Foot and Mouth

September 01, 2001

What would happen if foot and mouth disease (FMD) ran rampant in the United States? If it happened, it likely would be in Texas, which has the highest density of cattle in the United States. Texas regulatory veterinarians and agency... Read More

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Anthrax Outbreak in Texas

September 01, 2001

Anthrax, a livestock disease not commonly considered an equine ailment, recently caused the death of two horses in Texas. The first cases of anthrax in this outbreak appeared in deer in southwest Texa... Read More

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Kentucky Leaders Meet To Discuss West Nile Virus

August 31, 2001

Researchers, government officials, and private practitioners who are members of the Emerging Diseases Committee met at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center for nearly two hours to discuss how to handle information dissemination to... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures

August 31, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading. Horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" Thegood news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work like other... Read More

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First Kentucky Horse With WNV Recovering

August 31, 2001

The first horse confirmed to have West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky is a 3-year-old Quarter Horse filly which was bred and raised in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Bourbon County is northeast of Lexington, and Paris is one of the largest cities in th... Read More

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West Nile Virus In Kentucky Horse

August 31, 2001

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) reported today that Kentucky’s first case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in the state. A horse was tested positive in Bourbon County, which is in the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Alabama

August 31, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) has officially made it to Alabama. Jefferson County health officials reported on Monday that the virus was confirmed in two dead birds. There have been no human or horse cases confirmed in the state.

The... Read More

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Marquis Unveiled

August 31, 2001

The first FDA-approved treatment for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), Marquis, was launched Aug. 23 at Bayer's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida College of Veterinary... Read More

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Suspected Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Connecticut

August 31, 2001

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program announced Aug. 24 that a horse in West Granby has exhibited clinical signs consistent with West Nile virus (WNV) infection and preliminary laboratory results indicate a recent exposure to the... Read More

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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