Recent News for Neurologic Disease

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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

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West Nile Virus Site Launched for Horse Owners

December 27, 2001

Fort Dodge Animal Health has taken a proactive approach to keeping horse owners informed on the spread and dangers of West Nile virus (WNV) by launching an information-packed web site and developing educational literature.

In just two... Read More

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USDA Exempts Iceland from Horse Testing Regulation

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule earlier this month that amends the regulations to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and... Read More

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U.S. West Nile Virus Activity, Nov. 7-13, 2001

November 16, 2001

The following report summarizes West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance data reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through ArboNET and verified by states and other jurisdictions as of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.

During the week of... Read More

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Kentucky Confirms WNV Suspect Case

November 16, 2001

A 2-year-old Thoroughbred at Churchill Downs in Jefferson County was confirmed today to have West Nile virus (WNV), according to the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. That horse had been highly suspect and was being treated as a WNV case,... Read More

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Kentucky Logs More WNV Cases

November 15, 2001

Eight horses in Kentucky have been confirmed to have West Nile virus (WNV), and four of those horses have been euthanized. One of the confirmed horses was a Thoroughbred shipped to Fayette County, Kentucky, from Florida which... Read More

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Raccoon Another EPM Natural Intermediate Host

November 14, 2001

Researchers at the USDA and The Ohio State University (OSU) have found that the raccoon can serve as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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West Nile Virus Suspected in Horse at Churchill Downs

November 12, 2001

Officials awaited word Nov. 12 on whether a Churchill Downs-based horse euthanized Oct. 25 had West Nile virus (WNV). A preliminary diagnosis indicated Rocket Express, a 2-year-old colt, had contracted the virus.

The Kentucky State... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection, Jan. 1-Oct. 31, 2001

November 07, 2001

There have been 347 cases (344 confirmed, three probable) of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection in horses from 18 States (see Summary by state and county, below). Of 262 horses for which an outcome has been reported to date, at... Read More

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EPM Vaccine

November 02, 2001

On Dec. 18, 2000, a vaccine to prevent EPM was approved by the USDA. As of Jan. 25, a total of 43 states had approved the use of the EPM vaccine under USDA conditional licensure. The vaccine must be used under the supervision of a... Read More

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West Nile Virus--Mosquito Not Required

November 02, 2001

Researchers at the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., recently discovered that West Nile virus can be passed from bird to bird in a laboratory setting without the bite of a mosquito.... Read More

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EEE In South Carolina

November 02, 2001

Encephalitis has plagued the East Coast in 2000, with South Carolina the latest state under attack. South Carolina's bout with at least nine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) had horse owners on the defensive this fall.

"We hav... Read More

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West Nile Continues Migration

November 02, 2001

"The inevitable has occurred," said Bruce L. Akey, DVM, when the first positive West Nile virus (WNV) bird case was confirmed in Prince Edward County, Va., on Oct. 13. Akey is director of Virginia's veterinary lab system. Then, as if the deadly... Read More

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EEE Confirmed In Virginia

November 02, 2001

Ten horses in Virginia have died of neurological symptoms thought to be caused by Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), according to Bruce Akey, DVM, director of the state's laboratory system and president of the American Associa-tion of Veterinary... Read More

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West Nile Virus Update

November 02, 2001

Public concern has grown in New England after findings of the West Nile virus in more dead birds and mosquitoes. (For updated WNV coverage, visit Read More

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Rabies: Eliminate The Risk

November 02, 2001

Never before have horse owners been as aware of the threat of equine illness as this spring and summer. The list of potential nasties has read like a virtual "Whoâs Who in Equine Diseases." Such terms as encephalitis and West Nile have become... Read More

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EIA In Montana

November 02, 2001

Eight cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) have been discovered in Montana in 2000, according to officials from the stateâs Department of Livestock (DoL). All of the infected horses are on or traced from the Tehinnah Ranch in Melrose, Mont.... Read More

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EPM Treatments, Vaccine

November 02, 2001

Horse owners worried about equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) take note: In the next few months, there could be several new products reaching the market designed to treat or prevent this neurological disease caused by a single-celled... Read More

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EEE In Louisiana

November 02, 2001

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis had been confirmed in Louisiana at press time. According to a report from a Louisiana Public Health Epidemiologist, the earliest onset was on March 19, and the other three horses had onsets ranging from... Read More

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Encephalitis In California

November 02, 2001

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus or an unrecognized, but very similar, virus, was isolated from the brain of a horse which died on April 21, 2000, in Ventura County, California. Essentially an East Coast disease, EEE rarely has been... Read More