Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Beware Botulism in Wet Weather

January 11, 2005

Wet weather is known to give rise to increases in some equine diseases, including botulism, Potomac horse fever, and mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, and Eastern, Western, and Venezuelean equine encephalitis. One veterinarian at... Read More

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Rabies Detected in an Illinois Horse

January 06, 2005

Illinois agriculture and health officials announced last week that a LaSalle County horse tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) laboratory in Galesburg on Dec. 10, 2004. Eleven people received preventive... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination Guidelines Developed by the AAEP

January 06, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccination guidelines. This information is intended as a supplement to the AAEP's Guidelines for Vaccination of Horses (January 2001).... Read More

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Additional WNV Treatment Receives Conditional License

January 04, 2005

In the treatment of horses suffering from the West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

December 28, 2004

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized. The first case was discovered Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Crunching the Numbers: California's Equine WNV Mortality Rate

December 23, 2004

California horse owners have been keenly aware of the problem presented by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004, but the problem took a deadly turn last year. The virus was discovered in all but one of the Golden State's 58 counties, leaving only Del... Read More

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Britain's EVA Case Described

December 20, 2004

Britain's Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that its recent case of equine viral arteritis (EVA) occurred in a non-Thoroughbred stallion which was passing through the country from Holland to New... Read More

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Leptospirosis in Central Kentucky

December 17, 2004

High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky horses could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force, who defended his Masters thesis on... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis Detected in Suffolk, U.K.

December 17, 2004

The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced Dec. 17 that it imposed restrictions on Oct. 29 on a 5-year-old stallion on a premises in the Newmarket area of Suffolk following a positive blood tes... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

December 02, 2004

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM,... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

December 01, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no livestock restrictions due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease thought to be transmitted by sand flies and black flies that appears every few years in the Southwest. Sick livestock... Read More

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Plaintiff Would Cooperate in Saddlebred's Exhumation

December 01, 2004

The owner of the ranch near Versailles, Ky., where an American Saddlebred was buried after brutal attacks led to his eventual euthanasia, has expressed in court documents that she would cooperate with requests for exhuming the horse's body if it... Read More

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Australian Mystery Disease

November 29, 2004

Reports have been circulating that there is a disease similar to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) occurring in Australia. In a correspondence, Nigel Perkins, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACT, FACVSc, of the private consulting firm AusVet Animal Health... Read More

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Rabies in Kentucky--2003 and 2004

November 12, 2004

In 2003, The Kentucky Department for Public Health Division of Laboratory Services and the Breathitt Veterinary Center received 1,217 animal specimens from Kentucky counties for rabies testing. There were 52 (4.3%) samples unsuitable for testing... Read More

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West Nile Virus Update for 2004

November 03, 2004

West Nile virus has continued its inexorable spread westward across the United States and its presence is now confirmed in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. As of October 27, the USDA reported a total of 1192 equine cases throughout the Unite... Read More

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Maximizing Benefits of Influenza Vaccines

November 01, 2004

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, FRCVS, DLSHTM, DipECVPH, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his session on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine Veterinary... Read More

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AHP Expands Eligibility and Increases Cash Award for its 2005 Student Award Contest

October 26, 2004

More students who are pursuing a career in equine publishing will be eligible to compete for American Horse Publications 2005 Student Award. If you will be high school senior or an undergraduate college student during the 2004-2005 undergraduate... Read More

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Kentucky VS Embargo Update

October 20, 2004

From the Kentucky Department of Agriculture:

Since Texas has been been removed from the list of vesicular stomatitis-affected states, Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115E now prohibits the entry of all livestock... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

October 20, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no animals or herds restricted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease that can temporarily debilitate affected equine animals, cattle, goats, deer, swine, or other susceptible... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

October 15, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare last week when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky, because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine infectious... Read More

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Maximizing Benefits of Influenza Vaccination

October 08, 2004

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, DipECVPH, FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his presentation on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine... Read More

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New Bolton's Widener Hospital Reopens

October 01, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals began accepting equine emergency patients on Aug. 30. The hospital reopened on Aug. 2 for outpatients and scheduled elective surgeries. The hospital, located at New... Read More

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West Nile Virus Infiltrates the Upper 48; EEE Sprinkled Throughout

October 01, 2004

Every state in the 48 contiguous United States has now experienced a taste of West Nile virus (WNV) since it first was detected in the Western Hemisphere in 1999. Having their first encounters with West Nile virus this year were Nevada (WNV foun... Read More

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Control of Infectious Diseases in Vet Hospitals

September 13, 2004

Infectious disease outbreaks that occur in veterinary hospitals (nosocomial outbreaks) can present an overwhelming challenge to veterinary personnel, and they are often events that incite a greater awareness and concern for routine infection... Read More

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West Nile Virus Infiltrates the Upper 48; EEE Sprinkled Throughout

September 01, 2004

Every state in the 48 contiguous United States has now experienced a taste of West Nile virus (WNV) since it first was detected in the Western Hemisphere in 1999. Having their first encounters with West Nile virus this year were Nevada (WNV foun... Read More