Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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British Horse Society Scotland Urges Precautions Against Strangles

September 15, 2006

Scotland has experienced an alarming increase in the number of strangles outbreaks this year and the British Horse Society (BHS) is urging horse owners and yard managers to take strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of this... Read More

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Biosecurity and Salmonella

September 14, 2006

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore.... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Discussed

September 14, 2006

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterium in the soil that can travel to, and multiply within, the foal's lungs, causing a deadly pneumonia if it is not caught and treated early. Hines described the possibility of developing vaccines with genetic targets that... Read More

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Lyme Disease Update

September 14, 2006

The clinical signs that are typically attributed to Lyme disease (so named because early investigations centered around clusters of the disease in humans around Lyme, Conn.) include fever, stiffness and lameness in multiple limbs, painful muscles... Read More

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Leptospirosis Starting to Get More Attention

September 14, 2006

Recurrent painful inflammation and pathologic changes in the eyes of horses with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU, also known as moon blindness) could be caused by the persistence of invasive bacteria called Leptospira in affected horses' eyes... Read More

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Kentucky's 10th WNV Case

September 13, 2006

The 10th West Nile virus (WNV) case of 2006 in Kentucky was confirmed today (Sept. 13), said Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. There were only nine total WNV cases in Kentucky last year.

Th... Read More

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Irish Officials Working to Control EIA Outbreak

September 13, 2006

Since equine infectious anemia (EIA) was first identified in Ireland in mid-June, animal health officials have been working to contain the outbreak that has now resulted in 21 confirmed cases and surveillance of around 1,000 horses.... Read More

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Description of Rabid Horse Present at Celebration Released

September 11, 2006

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are notifying the approximately 150,000 persons who attended the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville of ... Read More

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Rabies Detected in Horse that Attended Celebration

September 09, 2006

A horse that was kept in stables at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., last week tested positive for rabies, state health officials announced Friday night (Sept. 8).

The 3-year-old gelding from... Read More

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Two More WNV Cases in Kentucky

September 09, 2006

West Nile virus (WNV) remains on the radar of Kentucky agriculture officials; two new equine cases were confirmed Friday (Sept. 8). Nine horses have been infected with the disease in 2006.

A 4-year-old Rocky Mountain Horse mare in Adair... Read More

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Five Premises Under VS Quarantine in Wyoming

September 08, 2006

The USDA has reported the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in nine horses on five premises in eastern Wyoming. Vesicular stomatitis, which normally moves up from the Southwest along waterways, has not appeared elsewhere in the country this... Read More

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Ireland Department of Agriculture Urges Vigilance in Minimizing EIA Risk

September 07, 2006

This is a Note to Industry/Private Veterinary Practices from the Ireland Department of Agriculture and Food, August 31, 2006:

The Department has now received confirmation of seventeen cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), th... Read More

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EIA Outbreak Spreads to Northern Ireland

September 07, 2006

A foal in Londonderry County, Northern Ireland, was euthanatized after testing positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA), reported The Belfast Telegraph on Sept. 6.

The 12 other horses on the farm, including the foal's dam, are... Read More

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Intervet Introduces PreveNile WNV Vaccine

September 05, 2006

Intervet Inc. has announced the availability of PreveNile. The new modified-live vaccine (MLV) for horses is the first one-dose West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine available for primary immunization.

"PreveNile offers the most advanced WNV... Read More

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Seventh WNV Positive Kentucky Horse

September 02, 2006

Results of diagnostic testing received today from the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center on Friday, Sept. 1, confirmed the diagnosis of the seventh case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky this year, according to Rusty... Read More

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Over the Northern Border

September 01, 2006

In this month's issue of The Horse, certain parts of the Canadian horse industry are highlighted. While the industry is smaller in total horse numbers when compared to the U.S. horse population, it is no less active.

Changes to certain... Read More

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Shipping and Disease: EVA

September 01, 2006

One of the major problems with EVA is how easily it can be transferred from one horse to another. Of course there is the respiratory route, where nasal secretions spread the virus from horse to horse through a barn or training stable.... Read More

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West Nile Virus in 31 States

September 01, 2006

Thirty-one states have reported detecting West Nile virus (WNV) in 2006, according to the latest data reported on the U.S. Geological Survey web site (last updated July 25). The disease has infected horses in 10 states: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa,... Read More

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EVA Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

September 01, 2006

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center confirmed an EVA outbreak involving fetal... Read More

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Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More

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Sixth Kentucky WNV Case Confirmed

August 30, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office today (Aug. 30) confirmed the sixth case of West Nile virus in the state this year. A 6-year-old Belgian gelding in Christian County was euthanatized due to complications of the disease, noted Rusty Ford,... Read More

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Fifth WNV Case in Kentucky

August 24, 2006

A new case of West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed today (Aug. 24) in Nelson County, Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. This is the second WNV case confirmed in that county, and... Read More

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Florida: Fewer Mosquitoes, Fewer EEE Cases

August 23, 2006

Fifteen cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been detected in Florida this year, prompting veterinarians to conclude that drought has been keeping mosquito numbers down. Typically, the state logs an average of 65 cases by the end of... Read More

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Two More Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 23, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced today (Aug. 23) that two more cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses have been confirmed, bringing the total equine case count to four.

"Results of testing received today from the... Read More

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Florida Increases Import Restrictions on Livestock from VS States

August 21, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced to the state's practitioners on Aug. 18 that it has modified livestock import restrictions due to the recent detection of vesicular stomatitis... Read More