Recent News for Neurologic Disease

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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

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WNV Detected in Illinois Birds

May 24, 2004

Three dead birds in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) since this year's statewide mosquito-borne disease surveillance began on May 1. One crow was collected in Rantoul County and positive results were confirmed on May 21.... Read More

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On-Watch for WNV in the United Kingdom

May 17, 2004

It was nearly five years ago when U.S. scientists were caught unaware by the deadly West Nile virus (WNV) and faced the puzzle of how that virus would adapt to a naïve population of birds and mammals in our various climates. United Kingdom... Read More

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Arizona and Colorado Log Equine WNV Cases

May 14, 2004

The tally of states with 2004 U.S. West Nile virus (WNV) equine cases has risen to five with the addition of Arizona and Colorado to the group this week. Alabama, Florida, and Texas had already logged equine cases this year.

Arizona's... Read More

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New Vaccine Will Not Interfere With WNV Diagnostics

May 10, 2004

Scientists recently determined that vaccination with Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine would not confuse results if a horse were to be tested for recent WNV exposure or clinical infection.

At the Western... Read More

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U.K. Horse Owners: Be Wary of WNV in Exported Horses

May 05, 2004

Horse owners in the United Kingdom (U.K.) are being reminded to protect horses they are exporting to the United States from West Nile virus (WNV). However, no WNV vaccine is available in the UK.

According to an article in the online... Read More

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BLM Dispersal/Holding Options

May 05, 2004

The Wild Horse and Burro Program focuses on two key factors: Management of wild horses and burros whose habitat is on public lands, and programs to deal with excess animals removed from public lands. The federal Bureau of Land Management's... Read More

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WNV Satellite Conference: Remain Wary of Disease

May 04, 2004

The years 2002 and 2003 have been the years of the horse, as far as West Nile virus (WNV) is concerned, said Robert Restifo, MS, Public Health Entomologist Administrator and chief of Ohio's Vector-borne Disease Program, at the third annual West... Read More

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HC/HERDA In the News

May 01, 2004

I'm amazed at some of the angry reactions that followed our publication of a news item last month on a hereditary disease called hyperelosis cutis (HC) or hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA). Some of the researchers involved--Ann... Read More

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WNV: Prevention is Key

May 01, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Research

May 01, 2004

Horse owners and veterinarians alike have wondered if they can use Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine in horses previously vaccinated with Fort Dodge's West Nile-Innovator. Recently, Merial released the results of a... Read More

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EEE in Venezuela

April 27, 2004

According to an April 26 ProMED report, Venezuela's Animal Health Service, Ministry of Agriculture recently reported a case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse from the district Bolivar in the... Read More

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Ohio Announces Probable Human WNV Case

April 13, 2004

On April 9, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced its first probable case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004. The patient is a 79-year-old male from Scioto County.

"With warm weather in recent weeks, mosquitoes have become active,"... Read More

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New Research on the Merial WNV Vaccine

April 01, 2004

Horse owners and veterinarians alike have wondered if they can use Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine in horses previously vaccinated with Fort Dodge's West Nile-Innovator. Recently, Merial released the results of a... Read More

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California Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

April 01, 2004

Orange County, Calif., Vector Control District (OCVCD) biologists have found antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) in two adult female house finches. The birds were trapped as part of the District's wild bird trapping program which involves... Read More

Compression of the spinal cord, whether because of misaligned or malformed vertebrae or some other problem, causes the distinctive "wobble" of wobbler syndrome. This compression injures or kills the nerves that are responsible for sensing the position of the limbs. This, of course, leads to the lack of awareness that causes clumsiness and incoordination.

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What's Wobbler Syndrome?

April 01, 2004

Wobbler, also known as wobbles, takes its name from its primary sign--a wobbling or uncoordinated gait. ... Read More

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West Nile Virus--An Evolving Epizootic

April 01, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is coming to a state near you if it hasn't already arrived," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine/ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Questions and Answers

April 01, 2004

In a question and answer session at the Western Veterinary Conference, Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, offered... Read More

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Texas Horse Owners Aware of WNV Threat

April 01, 2004

Reports have surfaced that horse owners in Texas are becoming complacent and have backed off vaccinating their animals for West Nile virus (WNV), which has infected nearly 2,400 horses in the state since late 2002. Angela Pelzel, DVM, an... Read More

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WNV: Treatment and Prevention

March 18, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is the number one diagnosed neurologic disease in horses, or close to it," said William Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University, at a March 10 Fort Dodge Animal Health educational seminar for... Read More

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WNV: An Evolving Epizootic

March 12, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is coming to a state near you if it hasn't already arrived," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratory in... Read More

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West Nile Virus Q&A

March 12, 2004

In a question and answer session following her West Nile Virus presentation during the Western Veterinary Conference (held Feb. 15-19 in Las Vegas, Nevada), Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic... Read More