Recent News for Respiratory Problems

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Second Horse Euthanatized at Pimlico Suspected of Having EHV-1

January 14, 2006

Officials at Pimlico Racecourse announced Friday (Jan. 13) that a second horse euthanatized at the Maryland track is suspected to have had equine herpesvirus-1. As a result, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has placed a "hold order" on Bar... Read More

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Cornell Researcher Answers More Questions on Herpesvirus

January 12, 2006

The Horse continues to discuss equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) with scientists who have been researching the disease. Klaus Osterrieder, DVM, DVM Habilitation (German equivalent to a PhD), is associate professor of virology in th... Read More

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Other States Act to Combat Spread of Virus

January 11, 2006

As surrounding states took steps to protect their racetracks from Maryland horses that could be carriers of the equine herpesvirus, Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale was looking for positives anywhere she could find... Read More

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Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus Q&A

January 11, 2006

It isn't just our imagination--we have been hearing about more neurologic equine herpesvirus outbreaks in the past several years than we were aware of previously. The current outbreaks in Kentucky and Maryland bring the disease back to the... Read More

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Trainer Says Pimlico Horse Had Equine Herpesvirus

January 10, 2006

Trainer Charles Frock said Monday night, Jan. 9, his horse News Reporter, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was euthanatized Jan. 2 at Pimlico Race Course, had equine herpesvirus.

"A state (Maryland Department of Agriculture)... Read More

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Update on Turfway Herpesvirus Quarantine

January 10, 2006

Turfway Park officials, representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) veterinarian, met this afternoon (Jan. 10) at Turfway to update the current status of equine herpes (EHV-1) at th... Read More

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Pimlico Equine Herpesvirus Update

January 10, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed today that the preliminary lab report on News Reporter proved the 5-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was infected with equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). The Charles Frock trainee was euthanatized on... Read More

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Second Barn Quarantined at Turfway Because of Virus

January 07, 2006

A second barn at Turfway Park has been quarantined because of equine herpesvirus, which was first discovered at the Northern Kentucky racetrack the week before Christmas.

One horse in Barn 27 has tested positive for the virus, Turfway... Read More

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Leading Sire Danzig Dead at 29

January 07, 2006

Thoroughbred stallion Danzig, who topped the general sires list from 1991-93, was euthanatized Jan. 3 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of the infirmities of old age.

The 29-year-old son of Northern Dancer... Read More

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Five Horses Isolated at Pimlico Due to Suspected Herpes Case

January 06, 2006

A suspected case of equine herpesvirus has caused officials at Pimlico Race Course to isolate five horses in the detention barn and put a hold order on Barn 5 at the Baltimore, Md. track as a precautionary measure. The Maryland Department of... Read More

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New Insights into Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Neurological Disease

January 05, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

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Herpesvirus Still Circulating At Turfway Park

January 05, 2006

Results received yesterday (Jan. 4) showed that three additional horses were positive for equine herpesvirus and two were "suspect" for the virus at barns quarantined at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky... Read More

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Additional Turfway Horse Dead

January 03, 2006

An outrider's horse at Turfway Park that had run a fever last week and tested positive on Dec. 29, 2005, for herpesvirus developed neurologic signs on Jan. 1, declined rapidly, and was euthanatized, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State... Read More

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Turfway Park EHV-1 Summary 12/30/05

December 31, 2005

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office announced yesterday (Dec. 30) that while 11 horses from Turfway Park's Barn 26 that previously tested positive for equine herpesvirus now test negative, five horses still tested... Read More

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Re-Testing At Turfway Tonight

December 28, 2005

Horses in Barn 26 at Turfway Park will be re-tested this evening for evidence of equine herpesvirus to determine if any other horses are positive for the virus, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. Results are expected... Read More

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Turfway Initiates Steps to Safeguard Against Spread of Equine Herpes

December 27, 2005

Barn 26, a 50-horse barn at Turfway Park, remains under quarantine after a 3-year-old filly who tested positive for the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was euthanized on Friday (Dec. 23). The Chuck Simon-trained filly, Coupe Aux Marrons, began... Read More

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Turfway Heightens Precautions After Filly Tests Positive

December 24, 2005

Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological signs.

The filly, trained by Chuck Simon, was shipped Dec. 21 t... Read More

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Equine Flu Virus Infects Dogs; Can Horses Be Re-Infected?

December 22, 2005

Researchers recently identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain that is thought to be an adaptation of an equine flu strain, which was transferred from horses to dogs in 2004. It is unclear at this time whether the strain can... Read More

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Turfway Barn Quarantined Pending Test Results

December 22, 2005

A barn at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was placed under quarantine Dec. 21 after a horse showed signs of suspected equine herpesvirus, a contagious upper respiratory and neurological disease. Test results were expected Dec. 23, at which tim... Read More

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Skin Testing in Horses With RAO

December 01, 2005

Preventing attacks of wheezing, coughing, and labored breathing in a horse with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) involves eliminating allergens from the horse's environment. But how do you know which allergens are most problematic for your... Read More

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The Future of Equine Flu

November 30, 2005

The face of equine influenza is evolving, and so must our understanding of its behavior and the vaccines that protect against it. Updating flu vaccines, transmission of flu between horses and dogs, and flu mutation were featured topics in a... Read More

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Helping Horses Worldwide

November 01, 2005

As a responsible horse owner, you make management decisions that affect the current well-being of your horse and his future vitality. You order low-dust bedding for your gelding with heaves. Your veterinarian arrives for her scheduled visit and... Read More

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Antioxidants and Heaves

November 01, 2005

When a horse inhales mold spores or other irritants, neutrophils (specific types of white blood cells) release reactive oxidants--generally very reactive substances that can break down mold in the airways. That's not a bad thing, really. "But if... Read More

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Nasal Septum Resection

November 01, 2005

If the nasal septum—the bony structure that divides the left and right halves of the nasal cavity—becomes deviated or thickened, the nasal passages become narrowed and breathing is impaired. Left untreated, it can lead to exercise intolerance an... Read More

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Advanced Procedure For DDSP

October 21, 2005

A new surgical procedure known as the laryngeal tie-forward might provide a more reliable treatment for dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), the most common airway obstruction affecting performance horses. Current surgical procedures... Read More