Recent News for Neurologic Disease

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Crunching the Numbers: California's Equine WNV Mortality Rate

December 23, 2004

California horse owners have been keenly aware of the problem presented by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004, but the problem took a deadly turn last year. The virus was discovered in all but one of the Golden State's 58 counties, leaving only Del... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

December 02, 2004

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM,... Read More

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Plaintiff Would Cooperate in Saddlebred's Exhumation

December 01, 2004

The owner of the ranch near Versailles, Ky., where an American Saddlebred was buried after brutal attacks led to his eventual euthanasia, has expressed in court documents that she would cooperate with requests for exhuming the horse's body if it... Read More

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Rabies in Kentucky--2003 and 2004

November 12, 2004

In 2003, The Kentucky Department for Public Health Division of Laboratory Services and the Breathitt Veterinary Center received 1,217 animal specimens from Kentucky counties for rabies testing. There were 52 (4.3%) samples unsuitable for testing... Read More

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West Nile Virus Update for 2004

November 03, 2004

West Nile virus has continued its inexorable spread westward across the United States and its presence is now confirmed in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. As of October 27, the USDA reported a total of 1192 equine cases throughout the Unite... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

October 15, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare last week when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky, because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine infectious... Read More

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West Nile Virus Infiltrates the Upper 48; EEE Sprinkled Throughout

October 01, 2004

Every state in the 48 contiguous United States has now experienced a taste of West Nile virus (WNV) since it first was detected in the Western Hemisphere in 1999. Having their first encounters with West Nile virus this year were Nevada (WNV foun... Read More

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West Nile Virus Infiltrates the Upper 48; EEE Sprinkled Throughout

September 01, 2004

Every state in the 48 contiguous United States has now experienced a taste of West Nile virus (WNV) since it first was detected in the Western Hemisphere in 1999. Having their first encounters with West Nile virus this year were Nevada (WNV foun... Read More

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Nevada's First WNV Case Detected

September 01, 2004

The Nevada Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease & Food Safety Laboratory confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) in a Fallon County horse on July 22.

The horse was euthanized June 21 after exhibiting signs consistent with WNV. The horse... Read More

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First EEE Case in Alabama

September 01, 2004

According to a July 3 report from the Mobile Register, a horse in Baldwin County, Ala. died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in late June. This was Alabama's first case of EEE for 2004.

EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that... Read More

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Horse Dies from West Nile Virus at California Racetrack

August 27, 2004

Having identified the first known racehorse to die from the West Nile Virus (WNV) at a California racetrack, equine health authorities are emphasizing the importance of equine vaccinations and booster shots as well as other preventive measures t... Read More

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First N.J. Equine Case of WNV is in Pregnant Mare

August 18, 2004

Officials at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced yesterday (Aug. 17) that West Nile virus (WNV) had been diagnosed in a 7-year-old pregnant mare in Gloucester County, marking the first detection of equine WNV in the state this... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Oregon Bird

August 16, 2004

Oregon has become the last of the continental United States to be affected by West Nile virus (WNV). Malheur County officials and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) confirmed Aug. 13 that a dead crow found in Vale (in the east central... Read More

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Michigan's First 2004 Equine WNV Case

August 13, 2004

A Clinton County horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the first of the year, veterinary officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) today confirmed (Aug. 13, 2005).
Laboratory tests conducted in early August a... Read More

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West Nile Virus and EEE Detected in Maryland Mosquitoes

August 09, 2004

Mosquitoes collected in two separate areas of Prince George's County are the first in Maryland this year to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) and for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). In the first instance, mosquitoes collected on... Read More

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EPM: Still an Enigma or Under Control?

August 01, 2004

Dynamic discussions about future equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) diagnostic methods and current EPM treatments were sparked at a June 11 meeting of the Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis Society (EPMS) in Minneapolis, Minn. The event,... Read More

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EIA Detected in Australia

August 01, 2004

On June 8, the Queensland, Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) reported that equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed on a central coast property. While the disease is detected frequently along western... Read More

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WNV Cases Accumulate--States Await Detection

August 01, 2004

By late June, West Nile virus (WNV) cases had popped up in areas of the United States, Canada, and Central America. Twenty-six of the United States had WNV detected in at least one species (birds, horses, humans, or mosquitoes). Six states had... Read More

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Kentucky's First Equine WNV Case of 2004

July 06, 2004

A 20-year-old Arabian mare in Nelson County, Ky., has been euthanized following a battle with the mosquito-borne neurologic disease West Nile virus (WNV). Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) officials announced confirmation of WNV in the... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases Accumulate--States Await Detection

July 02, 2004

By June 29, West Nile virus (WNV) cases had popped up in areas of the United States, Canada, and Central America. Eleven states had recorded equine cases in 2004, and while horse owners are more educated than ever on WNV prevention, officials... Read More

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Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

July 01, 2004

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform... Read More

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Good/Bad Effects of Antioxidants

July 01, 2004

In a society that is trying to slow the aging process, free radicals and antioxidants are terms that are regularly tossed around. One might not realize their importance in horses, but researchers continue to pursue the details of how and why the... Read More

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Virginia Logs Its First 2004 Equine WNV Case

June 17, 2004

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced 2004's first positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse on May 28. The six-year-old Thoroughbred mare lived on a farm in Culpeper County that had a positive... Read More

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EIA Detected in Australia

June 17, 2004

On June 8, the Queensland, Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) reported that equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed on a central coast property. While the disease is detected frequently along western... Read More

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Equine Disease--Fourth Quarter, 2003

June 01, 2004

From the April 2004 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by Lloyd's of London underwriters, brokers, and their Kentucky agents

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More