Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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AAEP Convention 2005: Vaccine Efficacy and Controversies

February 01, 2006

"There are a huge number of (vaccine) choices out there and it's hard sometimes to see our way through the forest," said Julia Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor in Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. "What... Read More

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Can Immunomodulators Help Herpesvirus Victims?

February 01, 2006

Human and animal scientists have been researching ways to stimulate the immune system in order to prevent or mitigate disease, especially just prior to or during stressful events. Options include vaccination, antimicrobial therapy, and... Read More

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Five Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

February 01, 2006

As 2005 neared its end, equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) killed two horses that were stabled at Turfway Park, a Northern Kentucky racetrack. The victims--one Thoroughbred in training and a lead pony--were euthanatized after they developed the... Read More

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Veterinarian Suggests Owners Implement EHV-1 Preventive Measures

February 01, 2006

In light of the current equine herpesvirus type-1 neurologic outbreaks, Rob Holland, DVM, senior veterinarian at Pfizer Animal Health, has suggested that owners take steps to prevent EHV-1 infection in their horses.

"Other than... Read More

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Hold Order at Additional Maryland Training Center

February 01, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture placed an initial "Investigational Animal Hold Order" on Barn 1 at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie, Md., this afternoon (Feb. 1) after a horse showed clinical signs of neurologic equine herpesvirus type-... Read More

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Cornell Researcher Warns About Herpesvirus

February 01, 2006

Klaus Osterrieder, DVM, DVM Habilitation (German equivalent to a PhD), an associate professor of virology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., studies equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). He shared his views with The Horse on recent... Read More

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Second Laurel Park Horse Tests Positive For Equine Herpes

January 31, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed today that a second horse, Hey Ralphy, a filly trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park, was infected with equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). The 3-year-old was euthanatized on Jan. 26 with a... Read More

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Pimlico Considers Lifting Quarantine Feb. 4; Stakes Could Be Rescheduled

January 30, 2006

Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) officials are hopeful they will be able to lift the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Feb. 4, MJC chief operating officer Lou Raffetto said at a news conference at Laurel Park on Jan.... Read More

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Herpesvirus Detected at Laurel Park

January 25, 2006

Equine herpesvirus has been confirmed in a horse stabled at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., says an Associated Press story on www.bloodhorse.com (Read More

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Restrictions Lifted on Most Lead Ponies, Outrider Horses at Turfway Park

January 24, 2006

All but one of the workhorses quarantined at Turfway Park have been cleared to return to the track on Tuesday (Jan. 24) after testing negative for equine herpesvirus.

Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, rescinded the... Read More

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Trainers Worry Pimlico Quarantine is Too Late

January 23, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) has stepped up its fight against the equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) with a quarantine of the entire Pimlico Race Course stable area, but some trainers worry the move may have come too late.

"I don't know... Read More

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Herpesvirus Causes Maryland Jockey Club Quarantine of Pimlico Race Course

January 23, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) placed a quarantine on Pimlico Race Course effective after racing ended on Jan. 21 until further notice because of the neurologic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) situation at the Baltimore track.

Since... Read More

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EHV Spreads in Northeast; Penn National Horse Tests Positive

January 21, 2006

In the wake of a horse being diagnosed with equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at Penn National Race Course on Friday (Jan. 20), Philadelphia Park has banned shippers from that oval, effective immediately. Shippers from Maryland, including the... Read More

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Turfway Park's Barn 26 Released from Quarantine

January 20, 2006

The 48 horses stabled in Barn 26 at Turfway Park in Boone County, Ky., were released Jan. 19 from quarantine. Horses in Barns 26 and 27 were quarantined following a Dec. 21, 2005, outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at the track,... Read More

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DNA Vaccine Protects Foals from West Nile Virus

January 19, 2006

Scientists recently showed that the West Nile virus (WNV) DNA vaccine, which is licensed but not yet commercially available, should protect foals from the virus regardless of residual antibodies received at birth from their dams that often... Read More

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Third Pimlico Barn Isolated Due to Suspect Herpes Case

January 19, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) placed an "Investigational Animal Hold Order" on Barn A at Pimlico Race Course today (Jan. 19) after a horse showed signs of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) this morning. Barns 5 and 6 at the... Read More

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Scientists Test Chimera Vaccine

January 16, 2006

A new research model has been developed and successfully used to test a new type of vaccine against West Nile virus (WNV). Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant professor at the University of Florida, proved a chimera WNV vaccine was... Read More

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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