Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Colorado State Releases West Nile Virus Survey Study

March 25, 2003

Researchers at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences today released results from a research project that summarizes the background characterization of last year's outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) in... Read More

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Box Containing Virus Explodes at Fed Ex Site

March 20, 2003

The Associated Press reported in the New York Times that a package containing West Nile virus exploded on Tuesday night (March 18) at a Federal Express building in Columbus, Ohio. Fifty workers were evacuated.

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More

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Officials Explain Timing of Kentucky EHV-1 Announcement

March 19, 2003

Animal health officials today explained that the announcement about the equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) cases at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., was not made sooner was because the virus wasn’t considered to be actively circulating in the... Read More

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Kentucky Racetrack Announces Herpesvirus Cases

March 18, 2003

Three horses stabled at Turfway Park have been diagnosed with neurologic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Verification of the virus was completed over the weekend at the northern Kentucky track by researchers at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine... Read More

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Pennsylvania Tracks Prepare to Lift Shipping Ban

March 17, 2003

With no additional positive tests for Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) since Feb. 26, Penn National Race Course was prepared to lift the quarantine of horses stabled in Barn U on March 19, according to track general manager Richard... Read More

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House Passes Bill Aimed at West Nile Virus Prevention

March 14, 2003

In a 416-9 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would authorize $100 million in grants for communities to develop mosquito-control programs, according to an Associated Press news... Read More

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Gluck West Nile Virus Workshop: A Review of WNV in Kentucky

March 13, 2003

Kentucky has kept extensive statistics on West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the state. At the March 7 West Nile Virus Workshop at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, Rusty Ford, Kentucky Equine Programs Manager, reviewed... Read More

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West Nile Virus Workshop: WNV and Public Health

March 13, 2003

"This is the largest arboviral (disease) epidemic ever documented in the Western Hemisphere," said Sue Billings, DVM, MSPH, Kentucky Department for Public Health Medical Epidemiologist. Billings has been working with the public health side of... Read More

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

March 12, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus vaccine at the West Nile Virus (WNV) Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More

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Classes Resume at the University of Findlay's English Riding Facility

March 10, 2003

Classes resumed today at the the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which has been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1).

The University ha... Read More

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California West Nile Virus Seminar

March 10, 2003

California is bracing for an onslaught of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses this year. N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, PhD, of the University of California, Davis, said that he and his colleagues expect to see the first dead birds infected with WNV in... Read More

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Herpesvirus Hits Hard

March 07, 2003

(Updated 3/07/03) Ohio and Pennsylvania have confirmed or reported cases of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1. But the worst problems reported thus far have occurred in Ohio, where 12 horses died in an outbreak at the... Read More

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Herpesvirus Positives Keep Racetrack Shipping Ban in Place

March 05, 2003

Two additional positive tests for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) virus Feb. 26 were reported at Penn National Race Course. That prompted Philadelphia Park Racetrack to extend its ban on shipping into and out of the Grantville, Penn.,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination

March 01, 2003

The following responses to questions are from Rob Keene, DVM, a field technical consulting equine veterinarian with Fort Dodge Animal Health (FDAH), manufacturers of the West Nile virus vaccine.

 The West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine i... Read More

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Ohio EHV-1 Outbreak; Strain Might Be Atypical

March 01, 2003

The worst is over in an equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) outbreak that thus far has caused the death of 12
horses, and scientists are still studying the virus to see if it is somehow different from the normal EHV-1 strain. The outbreak,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Aborted Kentucky Fetuses

March 01, 2003

Evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) was found in 35 aborted fetuses in Kentucky since July of 2002, according to Lenn Harrison, VMD, head of the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington. "We have handled about 400 aborted fetuses... Read More

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More Pigeon Fever in Kentucky

March 01, 2003

The bacterial disease "pigeon fever," also known as dryland distemper, usually is seen west of the Mississippi--especially in California and southwestern states--but it has been recognized in Kentucky and Florida in increasing numbers in recent... Read More

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Preventing EPM

March 01, 2003

Saville presented a summary of what is known about EPM, and he believes that with better understanding of the disease, wildlife management, risk-factor manipulation, prophylactic medications, and possible vaccination, that prevention of EPM can be at... Read More

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AAEP Convention: New/Emerging Diseases

March 01, 2003

INFECTIOUS DISEASE FORUM


With West Nile virus (WNV) marching across the United States and affecting both horses and humans, infectious disease prevention has been a hot topic in barns, the media,... Read More

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Botulism in Foals: A Survivable Disease

March 01, 2003

Botulism in foals less than six months of age is readily treated, with a survival rate of more than 95% in appropriately treated foals. Treatment can include nursing care, intravenous fluid support, nasogastric or nasoesophageal tube feeding... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Reproduction

March 01, 2003

The reproduction session was something of an A to Z seminar. It started with discussions on endometrial echotexture (ultrasound results) and using computer analysis to determine when a mare will ovulate, or has ovulated, and along the way... Read More

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Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital Management of Horses from University of Findlay EHV-1 Outbreak

February 28, 2003

Admission: Six horses were referred from the University of Findlay for emergency treatment. All horses had signs of neurological disease. One horse was dead on arrival on 19 January 03; this horse went directly to necropsy and was never... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Pathophysiology and Commonly Asked Questions

February 28, 2003

The following information was posted on The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital's web site Feb. 26. The author, Catherine W. Kohn, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, is professor of equine medicine and surgery at OSU.... Read More

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Possible Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 Cases in Iowa

February 26, 2003

At least two Iowa horses have been euthanized after battling what officials believe might be the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). According to Iowa State Veterinarian John Schiltz, DVM, officials know of only one premis... Read More