Recent News for Neurologic Disease

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First Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Kentucky

June 27, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in a horse in Kentucky for the first time this year, according to the Kentucky state Department of Agriculture's Office of the State Veterinarian.

The Thoroughbred yearling colt from Fayette... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Texas

June 19, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed June 18 in two dead blue jays found in northwest Houston, Texas. Veterinarians at the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state's livestock health regulatory agency, are urging owners of horses, mules,... Read More

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The Spread of West Nile Virus in 2002

June 05, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) didn’t wait until the summer to start spreading this year—cases were reported as early as January. As of May 24, the virus had been found in 12 states. It was estimated that WNV would spread across the United States within... Read More

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Horse Dies of Rabies at Pennsylvania Race Course

June 05, 2002

According to a recent report from the Daily Racing Form, a horse with rabies died May 12 at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. The 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding showed symptoms of rabies and was placed in quarantine before h... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey

May 22, 2002

Department of Health representatives from Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey have detected their first avian cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. Washington, D.C., reported its first WNV-infected bird on May 13, which was found May 1 ... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in Three More States

May 15, 2002

Virginia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania have been added to the list of states affected by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. While WNV has been detected in all three states in past years, these positive bird findings showed up very early compared to... Read More

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EPM Medication Q&A

May 01, 2002

My horse was diagnosed with EPM last year. We tried Baycox for one month--no change. Since then, he has been on a daily dosage of sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine combination (SDZ/PYR) for approximately nine months. Would it be advisable to give... Read More

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Wobbler Syndrome Signs and Diagnosis

May 01, 2002

A veterinarian can say several things that will chill every horse owner's heart, including colic, laminitis, navicular disease, and wobbler syndrome. These cause fear because of the unknown--and often unfavorable--outcome for your horse. But as... Read More

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West Nile Virus Education

May 01, 2002

A live satellite broadcast within Ohio March 20 disseminated information about West Nile virus (WNV) to extension and health personnel at remote locations, who then could ask questions of the expert presenters. The broadcast from Columbus, Ohio,... Read More

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Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis in 2001

April 24, 2002

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and Western equine encephalitis (WEE) are mosquito-borne viral diseases that primarily affect horses east and west of the Mississippi River, as their names imply.  The Centers for Disease Control and... Read More

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Change to Texas EIA Regulations

April 23, 2002

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently enacted a new regulation that requires equids to have had a negative blood test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within the previous 12 months if the animals are kept within 200 yards of equid... Read More

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West Nile Virus 2001 Report Released, Map Online for 2002 Cases

April 18, 2002

Cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV) infection have been reported in Florida, and a bird has tested positive in Louisiana. Keep up with the spread of WNV in 2002 with our WNV map of cases.

Current Map of West Nile Virus Infection in... Read More

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California EEE Case Investigation Complete

April 10, 2002

Final results have been released from a study that investigated the only case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) ever documented in California. The infected Quarter Horse yearling died in the spring of 2000 (See Article Quick Find ... Read More

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Health Officials Tracking West Nile Virus

April 05, 2002

Health officials charting the spread of West Nile virus across the United States project that "Texas and at least up to the Rocky Mountains will be affected" by the virus in 2002, said Dr. Kristen Bernard, assistant director of the Arbovirus... Read More

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More West Nile Virus in Florida

April 03, 2002

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received reports of two positive cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses in Polk County, Florida. This marks the... Read More

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Florida Reports First West Nile Virus Cases For 2002

April 01, 2002

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) reported Feb. 18 that the first equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2002 had been found. Three horses tested positive for WNV in... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Louisiana

March 27, 2002

Last week, Louisiana officials announced the state’s first finding of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. A cardinal bird from East Baton Rouge Parish tested positive for WNV at the Louisiana Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the Louisiana State... Read More

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First Animal Cases of West Nile Virus for 2002 Reported

February 22, 2002

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced Feb. 18 that the first cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for this year have been reported. It has been confirmed that a wild... Read More

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WNV Web Site Launched for Horse Owners

February 01, 2002

Fort Dodge Animal Health has taken a proactive approach to keeping horse owners informed of the spread and dangers of West Nile virus (WNV) by launching a web site and developing educational literature on the disease. In just two years, WNV has... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: Veterinary Forums

February 01, 2002

The day before the scientific sessions started during the AAEP Convention, there was a series of forums and committee meetings. These were moderated by selected experts in those fields, and were open to anyone for a majority of the time. The las... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: Kester News Hour

February 01, 2002

The Kester News Hour kicked off the scientific program of the AAEP convention. Named for the late veterinarian General Wayne O. "Sage" Kester, first president of the AAEP, the hour was designed to cover timely topics that were too brief and/or... Read More

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Sea Otter an EPM Intermediate Host

January 24, 2002

Researchers recently identified the sea otter as a natural intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the one-celled protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). Muscle from a naturally-infected sea otter use... Read More

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S. neurona antibody prevalence in horses at Morehead State

January 09, 2002

From Equine Disease Quarterly, Funded by Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, Brokers, and Their Kentucky Agents, Read More

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Shared Diseases

January 01, 2002

The term zoonosis (plural zoonoses) means a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The name is derived from the Greek "zoi" or "zoe," meaning life, plus "nosos," meaning disease. An equine zoonosis is a disease that humans can... Read More

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Diagnosing West Nile Virus

January 01, 2002

A recent report outlined a series of cases of West Nile virus infection in horses seen at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. The findings might help horse owners and veterinarians identify this infection more readily.... Read More