Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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New Hampshire Begins 2006 Testing for EEE, WNV

June 02, 2006

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) this week announced the beginning of statewide Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance season. The bird testing... Read More

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Strangles Outbreak Spreading Among New Forest Ponies

June 02, 2006

An outbreak of strangles among the wild New Forest ponies is spreading, according to an article in The Salisbury Journal, a United Kingdom weekly newspaper. (Read the full Journal article Read More

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Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More

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Electronic EIA System Approved for Exports

May 30, 2006

GlobalVetLink L.C., an Internet-based business designed to allow animal health authorities to track and regulate animal movement nationally, has developed technology now recognized by the USDA for international shipments of... Read More

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House Passes Pet Evacuation Act

May 25, 2006

On May 22 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, H.R. 3858, which requires state and local emergency management agencies to make plan... Read More

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Mosquito Season Brings West Nile Risk to Humans, Horses

May 25, 2006

Wear Insect Repellant, Eliminate Standing Water to keep Mosquitoes Away

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Equine Rabies Cases Reported in Michigan

May 24, 2006

Horse Owners Reminded to Take Precautions

 

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Drought Pauses Florida EEE Cases

May 22, 2006

It's nearly June, and Florida's number of reported Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) cases is holding steady at six. Four cases have been confirmed as fatal, with two so far surviving.

The typical fatality rate for horses infected with... Read More

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West Virginia Tracks Lift Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

May 17, 2006

A horse that had displayed clinical signs of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was negative for the virus according to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the disease. This resulted in the lifting of an embargo imposed by the West Virginia... Read More

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West Virginia Tracks Issue Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

May 15, 2006

A suspected case of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has led two West Virginia racetracks to issue an embargo on any horses from a horse farm in Ohio.

According to the Wheeling (West Virginia) Intelligencer, officials at... Read More

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The Buzz On Mosquitoes

May 03, 2006

Mosquito control experts and human health authorities are concerned that Americans are becoming complacent about protecting themselves and their horses against West Nile virus (WNV). They discussed this trend and new mosquito control techniques... Read More

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Keeneland Horse Doesn't Have Strangles

May 02, 2006

A Thoroughbred racehorse at Keeneland began showing slight signs of filling in the submandibular region (under the jaw) late last week, and on Saturday (April 29) the horse was moved to a private clinic for diagnosis. The fear was that the horse... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

May 01, 2006

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) in the George area of southern South Africa, in the southeast region of the Western Cape. As of Feb. 28, 13 horses had died. Current outbreaks... Read More

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Herpesvirus Situation Ends in Maryland

May 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks in Maryland drew to a close on March 8, after the Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and an isolation barn at the Bowie Training... Read More

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WNV: A Threat to Unvaccinated Horses

April 24, 2006

As spring approaches and temperatures rise, growing mosquito populations will increase the risk for deadly mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus (WNV) and equine encephalomyelitis (sleeping sickness).

Since its discovery in... Read More

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A New Model for Predicting Outbreaks of West Nile Virus

April 24, 2006

Infectious diseases were wreaking widespread havoc long before scientists had any idea what caused them. But knowing the pathogenic agents behind today's scourges is just the first step in protecting against deadly outbreaks. Roughly 75% of... Read More

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More African Horse Sickness; Lift of EU Ban Could be Delayed

April 19, 2006

According to a report on iol.co.za, an online publication in South Africa, African horse sickness... Read More

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Human WNV Vaccine Tested

April 18, 2006

A team of U.S. and U.K. researchers have shown that an experimental West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine shows promise in protecting humans from the arbovirus. The study abstract appeared online April 14 in the early edition of the Proceedings of... Read More

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WNV Treatment Trial Begins

April 17, 2006

GenoMed, a medical genomics company, is seeking horses to participate in a free trial to test a medical protocol for treating West Nile virus (WNV). David W. Moskowitz, MD, MA, FACP, chairman, CEO, and chief medical officer for GenoMed, said the... Read More

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Ohio Health Officials Begin WNV Surveillance Season

April 17, 2006

According to the online edition of the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum (www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com), the Ohio Department of Health began accepting dead bird submissions today... Read More

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Kentucky's EIA and West Nile Surveillance Program

April 14, 2006

During 2005, a total of 121,813 samples were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA). For the first time since regulatory testing was initiated in the 1970s, no positive animals were identified (Figure 1). Private testing accounted for 101,650... Read More

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Decreasing Risk--Utilizing Industry-Based Standards of Care

April 12, 2006

Adverse animal health events do not occur randomly. Usually, there are identifiable causal--and possibly preventable--factors that can influence the development of disease. Depending upon whether the risk factors are already known or identified... Read More

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Protect Against EEE in Florida

April 12, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal Industry sent an e-mail to Florida practitioners last week reminding them to make sure horse owners safeguard against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and reminded... Read More

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Commentary on Equine Herpesvirus

April 11, 2006

The recent outbreaks of paralytic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infection at racetracks and training centers in Kentucky, Maryland, and Pennsylvania have illustrated the benefits of combining the old with the new. The old is the regular,... Read More

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Worldwide Disease Outbreaks

April 11, 2006

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks during the fourth quarter 2005.

Cases of abortion caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were reported from New South... Read More