Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Leading Sire Danzig Dead at 29

January 07, 2006

Thoroughbred stallion Danzig, who topped the general sires list from 1991-93, was euthanatized Jan. 3 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of the infirmities of old age.

The 29-year-old son of Northern Dancer... Read More

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Five Horses Isolated at Pimlico Due to Suspected Herpes Case

January 06, 2006

A suspected case of equine herpesvirus has caused officials at Pimlico Race Course to isolate five horses in the detention barn and put a hold order on Barn 5 at the Baltimore, Md. track as a precautionary measure. The Maryland Department of... Read More

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New Insights into Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) Neurological Disease

January 05, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

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Herpesvirus Still Circulating At Turfway Park

January 05, 2006

Results received yesterday (Jan. 4) showed that three additional horses were positive for equine herpesvirus and two were "suspect" for the virus at barns quarantined at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky... Read More

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Additional Turfway Horse Dead

January 03, 2006

An outrider's horse at Turfway Park that had run a fever last week and tested positive on Dec. 29, 2005, for herpesvirus developed neurologic signs on Jan. 1, declined rapidly, and was euthanatized, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State... Read More

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Turfway Park EHV-1 Summary 12/30/05

December 31, 2005

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office announced yesterday (Dec. 30) that while 11 horses from Turfway Park's Barn 26 that previously tested positive for equine herpesvirus now test negative, five horses still tested... Read More

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Re-Testing At Turfway Tonight

December 28, 2005

Horses in Barn 26 at Turfway Park will be re-tested this evening for evidence of equine herpesvirus to determine if any other horses are positive for the virus, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. Results are expected... Read More

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Turfway Initiates Steps to Safeguard Against Spread of Equine Herpes

December 27, 2005

Barn 26, a 50-horse barn at Turfway Park, remains under quarantine after a 3-year-old filly who tested positive for the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was euthanized on Friday (Dec. 23). The Chuck Simon-trained filly, Coupe Aux Marrons, began... Read More

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Turfway Heightens Precautions After Filly Tests Positive

December 24, 2005

Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological signs.

The filly, trained by Chuck Simon, was shipped Dec. 21 t... Read More

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Equine Flu Virus Infects Dogs; Can Horses Be Re-Infected?

December 22, 2005

Researchers recently identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain that is thought to be an adaptation of an equine flu strain, which was transferred from horses to dogs in 2004. It is unclear at this time whether the strain can... Read More

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EEE in Michigan Horses and Deer

December 22, 2005

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) were recently confirmed in horses in two neighboring Michigan counties (three in Kent County in September, one in Montcalm County in October). The disease was also confirmed in seven free-ranging... Read More

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Turfway Barn Quarantined Pending Test Results

December 22, 2005

A barn at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was placed under quarantine Dec. 21 after a horse showed signs of suspected equine herpesvirus, a contagious upper respiratory and neurological disease. Test results were expected Dec. 23, at which tim... Read More

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Two VS Positive States Remain

December 14, 2005

The number of new vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases reported in the United States continued to decline during the Dec. 5-11 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service VS reporting period. One new equine VS-positive premises was identified in... Read More

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The Future of Equine Flu

November 30, 2005

The face of equine influenza is evolving, and so must our understanding of its behavior and the vaccines that protect against it. Updating flu vaccines, transmission of flu between horses and dogs, and flu mutation were featured topics in a... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Premises Dwindling

November 28, 2005

According to the latest update from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Nov. 21, 35 premises in five states remain under vesicular stomatitis (VS) quarantine. Of those, 27 premises are on their 21-day countdowns for quarantine... Read More

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MSU Large Animal Critical Care Center Opens

November 11, 2005

A new critical care center for horses and other large animals at Michigan State University will help keep animals and people safe from infectious diseases, treat sick animals in state-of-the-art facilities, and help maintain the state of... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Wanes

November 10, 2005

Only 57 premises remain under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the United States today (Nov. 10), signaling that the disease continues to decline. Nearly 440 ranches and farms have reported outbreaks of the disease since April.... Read More

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No Rotation Deworming (Excerpt)

November 02, 2005

Programs that use no rotation involve the continued use of one effective drug until it no longer reduces small strongyle numbers as indicated by fecal egg counts. The intervals of administration depend on the dewormer used, but this program is limite... Read More

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Helping Horses Worldwide

November 01, 2005

As a responsible horse owner, you make management decisions that affect the current well-being of your horse and his future vitality. You order low-dust bedding for your gelding with heaves. Your veterinarian arrives for her scheduled visit and... Read More

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New England States Report Cases of EEE

November 01, 2005

Four New England states have confirmed 15 cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) this year; none of the horses survived. This suggests that horse owners should take further measures to protect horses against this deadly disease, such as... Read More

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Katrina Increases Gulf Coast Mosquito Population; WNV Outbreak Not Expected

November 01, 2005

The mosquito population of the Gulf Coast's hurricane-affected areas is expected to increase at a staggering rate, according to Joe Conlon, spokesman of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). However, he added that the possibility of ... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Update

October 31, 2005

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) health officials confirmed six new cases of equine vesicular stomatitis (VS) in four western states (Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming) that are already under quarantine for the disease. The equine cases... Read More

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Equine Influenza Virus Transmitted to Canines

October 17, 2005

Scientists Unsure if Horses Could be Re-infected

Researchers recently identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain that is thought to be an adaptation of an equine flu strain, which was transferred from... Read More

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EEE Confirmed in Michigan Horses and Deer

October 14, 2005

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) were recently confirmed in two neighboring west Michigan counties, and another in the northeast corner of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The disease was also confirmed in three of seven... Read More

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Vets Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

October 12, 2005

With water pooling in places that it normally doesn't and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in the reports of illnesses such as tetanus,... Read More