Recent News for Neurologic Disease

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Arkansas Has New EIA Law

August 24, 2001

The Arkansas 2001 General Assembly recently passed Act 540, which defines and sets standards for an equine infectious anemia (EIA) research facility and requires a Certified EIA Verifier to be present to check Coggins... Read More

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West Nile Virus Continues to Spread

August 24, 2001

Preliminary tests suggest that West Nile virus might be living in Canada. The virus that first appeared in the Western Hemisphere in 1999 was detected recently in a bird in Louisiana and in humans in Georgia and New York. Georgia also... Read More

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Florida's Third Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported

August 24, 2001

The Florida Department of Health announced Monday that a third human case of encephalitis caused by the West Nile virus (WNV) has been diagnosed. The case is a 40-year-old man from Jefferson County. There have been two other confirmed human case... Read More

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Equine West Nile Virus Case in Pennsylvania

August 24, 2001

Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman Jr. announced Aug. 15 that West Nile virus had been confirmed in a horse at Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Bucks County.

According to a United States Department of Agriculture Emergenc... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Central Indiana

August 24, 2001

A crow found in southeastern Marion County is the first positive indicator that West Nile virus (WNV) has officially arrived in Indiana.

State health officials say that although this is the first time WNV, which is transmitted by... Read More

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Are You Ready For West Nile?

August 18, 2001

The dog days of summer are here, and if weather patterns hold true, it will be hot and humid over a large area of the country. And if disease patterns hold true, humans and horse owners are starting the worst time of year for West Nile. Even... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Louisiana

August 17, 2001

The first presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Louisiana has been confirmed by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Arbovirus Testing Laboratory (ATL) and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ATL is part of the... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Ohio

August 03, 2001

A bluejay in northeastern Ohio is the first positive indicator that West Nile virus (WNV) has arrived in Ohio, according to state and local health officials. No horse or human cases have been found. While this is the first time WNV, a viral... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Released

August 02, 2001

The equine industry called out for a way to protect its horses from the deadly neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV), and researchers and federal authorities responded. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Fort Dodge Anima... Read More

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Georgia Horse Succumbs to West Nile Virus

August 01, 2001

Georgia’s first confirmed case of a horse infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) has prompted Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin to seek an earlier shipment of the vaccine recently approved by the United States... Read More

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D.C. Reports Additional West Nile Virus-Positive Birds

August 01, 2001

The D.C. Department of Health has announced that an additional twelve crows have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total number this year in the District to 22. The crows were found between August 6th and August 9th in the... Read More

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EEE Detected in Michigan

August 01, 2001

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Dan Wyant announced Aug. 15 that Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus was recently detected in three Kalamazoo County gray catbirds. The positive birds, common carriers of EEE, indicate the... Read More

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If All Else Fails, Use Baycox?

August 01, 2001

Several Standardbred trainers have told me that when a vet cannot find what is wrong with their horses, the vet will suggest putting them on Baycox. I recently had two vets tell me to try my 3-year-old trotter on Baycox. They had gone all... Read More

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West Nile Virus Virus-positive Crow Found in Virginia

July 27, 2001

Virginia's Commissioner of Health E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, announced Tuesday, July 24, that a dead crow found in Alexandria has been confirmed as having West Nile virus. The crow is the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in the... Read More

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Merial Launches New Resources Web Site

July 27, 2001

Merial pharmaceutical company recently launched a new customer tool and resource—http://www.merial.com, which offers speedy access and simple routes to information relevant to customers.

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Florida Has Year's First Equine West Nile Virus Case

July 25, 2001

The first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States this year has been confirmed in a Florida horse. The horse was located in Jefferson County, Florida, where WNV-positive crows were found in June. The United States Department of... Read More

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Skunk Revealed As EPM Intermediate Host

July 13, 2001

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk serves as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. The... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed In Florida

July 11, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a dead crow in Jefferson County, Fla. The crow was submitted for testing on June 18, and results were released July 6. The disease, which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, made its debut i... Read More

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West Nile Virus 2001

July 01, 2001

On May 7 it was announced that West Nile virus (WNV) had returned to the northeastern United States--this time in dead crows in New Jersey. But the area wasn't as panicked as it had been the past two years the disease was found. State... Read More

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"In the News" Seminar

July 01, 2001

An attentive audience gathered to learn more about foot and mouth disease (FMD), West Nile virus (WNV), and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) from experts on Friday, April 27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Peter Timoney,... Read More

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LSU's Vet Diagnostics Lab Helps Monitor Vector-borne Diseases

June 29, 2001

As mosquito and other insect populations increase during the summer months, so do epidemics of diseases carried by those insects, including the deadly equine encephalitis. But researchers at LSU are working to curb the spread of vector-borne... Read More

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Georgia Quarantines 41 horses, Tests 50 More For Equine Infectious Anemia

June 22, 2001

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said on June 15 that 41 horses are quarantined at 10 different North Georgia locations due to exposure to equine infectious anemia (EIA).

"We have tested these 41 quarantined in the... Read More

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Update On The Status of West Nile Virus Surveillance Mapping for 2001

June 22, 2001

The National Atlas of the United States of America will not be producing West Nile maps in 2001, however, another component of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI), will be... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island Birds

June 08, 2001

Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management has announced two crows have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The crows were collected from Charlestown and Warwick last week and are the first to test positive in Rhode Island this year.... Read More

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Massachusetts West Nile Information Line Opens

June 08, 2001

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's West Nile virus information line opened on June 1.

If you are a Massachusetts resident and wish to speak with someone concerning WNV during business hours, or leave a telephone message... Read More