Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Pigeon Fever in Kentucky

November 20, 2002

An unusual outbreak of the bacterial disease “pigeon fever,” also known as dryland distemper, has been occurring in Kentucky over the past three weeks, according to Doug Byars, DVM, a specialist in internal medicine and equine critical care. He... Read More

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WNV Continues to Spread

November 06, 2002

As of Nov. 3, cases of equine illness caused this year by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories had risen to 12,843; 12,105 cases more than the final case count for 2001. Vaccinating for WNV and... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Challenge Study

November 01, 2002

Research and development representatives from Fort Dodge Animal Health (FDAH) presented results from their challenge study of the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine on Sept. 18. The information was presented at the World Organisation for Animal Healt... Read More

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WNV Holds Up Australian Quarantine

November 01, 2002

The Australian Horse Industry Council congratulated quarantine authorities for their actions in the case of a horse which became sick during quarantine in Sydney and later was determined to have West Nile virus (WNV). Horse Council president Pau... Read More

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Preakness Runner-Up Positive for WNV

November 01, 2002

Magic Weisner, the popular Thoroughbred gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Sept. 9 with West Nile virus (WNV), said Bob Vallance, DVM, the horse's local veterinarian in Maryland.

Vallance was in daily... Read More

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First Equine West Nile Virus Case Detected in Connecticut

October 15, 2002

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture recently reported the first clinical domestic animal case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection during 2002. The two-year-old horse from Canterbury presented on Sept. 20 with a lack of appetite, depression... Read More

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New Jersey Horse Succumbs To West Nile Virus

October 11, 2002

Agriculture Secretary Art Brown Jr. said Tuesday (Sept. 5) that the death last week of a six-year-old Thoroughbred gelding in Tuckahoe, Cape May County, has been attributed to infection with the West Nile virus (WNV), in... Read More

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New York West Nile Equine Case Confirmed

October 11, 2002

Euthanized Horse from Staten Island Tests Positive for West Nile

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers announced August 29 the death of a 26-year old horse on... Read More

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Equine West Nile Case Confirmed In Rhode Island

October 11, 2002

The Department of Environmental Management announced Monday the first finding of West Nile Virus in Rhode Island.

The positive result came from a horse stabled on Saugatucket Road in Wakefield that was... Read More

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West Nile Virus Updates In New England

October 11, 2002

There still have not been any confirmed U.S. equine West Nile Virus cases in 2000. (August 24)

New York

New York City Health Commissioner Neal L.... Read More

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Latest New England WNV Updates

October 11, 2002

There still have not been any confirmed U.S. equine West Nile Virus cases in 2000. (August 17)

Connecticut

Yesterday, the State of Connecticut... Read More

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West Nile Virus Is Confirmed In Rhode Island

October 11, 2002

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced Sunday, August 13, that West Nile Virus has been found in a dead crow. The bird was collected in Warwick on August 8 and was tested at the University of Rhode Island's... Read More

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Five Birds Collected In Brooklyn, NY Test Positive For West Nile Virus

October 11, 2002

Today (August 16) it was announced that the New York State Department of Health confirmed yesterday that blood samples obtained from five live wild birds collected in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn have tested positive for West Nile virus. Blood... Read More

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Three Human Cases Of West Nile Virus In New York

October 11, 2002

New York City Health Commission announced Saturday, August 12, that a 64 year-old woman and a 63 year-old man, both residents of Staten Island, tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) at the New York City Department of Health's laboratories.... Read More

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Two More Cases Of EEE Confirmed in Virginia

October 11, 2002

The USDA National Veterinary Services laboratory in Ames, Iowa has confirmed that two more horses submitted for testing by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). These... Read More

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New York Man Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

October 11, 2002

New York City Health Commissioner Neal L. Cohen, M.D., announced Friday, August 4, that a 78 year-old Staten Island man has tested laboratory-positive for West Nile virus. Serum and spinal fluid samples from the patient were received by the New... Read More

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Protect Your Animals Against West Nile Virus

October 11, 2002

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recommending that animal owners take several precautions to protect their animals from West Nile virus.

"Given that mosquitoes were associated with the 1999 outbreak, the key to preventing or... Read More

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NY State Health Department Announces West Nile Virus Detected In Mosquitos and Four More Birds

October 11, 2002

New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr. P.H. announced July 17 that the State Health Department for the first time this year has identified preliminary evidence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes by using a rapid,... Read More

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West Nile Virus (WNV) Notes

October 11, 2002

PA West Nile Virus Web Site Expanded

Visitors to Pennsylvania's West Nile virus website—http://www.WestNile.state.pa.us —now can get weekly updates on the statewide mosquito surveillance... Read More

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UK Team Attacks Strangles

October 11, 2002

A leading UK horse charity has teamed up with genome researchers in an effort to beat the equine disease strangles. The Home of Rest for Horses, based in Buckinghamshire, England, has financed a £250,000 ($390,000) project to decode all the gene... Read More

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West Nile Threat Moves Dressage Olympic Selection To Florida

October 11, 2002

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has changed the location of its Dressage Olympic Selection Trials, scheduled for the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21.

The trials, which will also serve as the State Line Tack/USET Grand Prix... Read More

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West Nile Still Here

October 11, 2002

West Nile encephalitis virus caused an outbreak and deaths in humans and horses in the northeastern United States in the late summer and early fall of 1999. Recent isolations of the virus from adult mosquitoes and a dead bird in New York state... Read More

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EVA Confirmed In Kentucky

October 11, 2002

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) was confirmed on one Thoroughbred farm on March 20.... Read More

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West Nile Virus Panel Discussion

October 11, 2002

The James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health will convene a panel discussion on West Nile Virus, March 6 at Tel-A-Race, Hauppauge, Long Island. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Walter Maclyn Conlon, President and CEO of Suffolk... Read More

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Research Centre Announces Breeders' Workshop

October 11, 2002

The Equine Research Centre (ERC) at Guelph, in partnership with Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Minitube of Canada and the Semex Alliance, continues to respond to the needs of horse breeders with a two-day workshop, on March 4 & 5, 2000. Th... Read More