Recent News for Neurologic Disease

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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

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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