Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Infectious Disease Forum

December 17, 2002

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, veterinary clinics, and elsewhere. During the Infectious Disease forum,... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Biologic and Therapeutic Agents Forum

December 11, 2002

Among the topics of interest discussed were plasma products, compounding, and West Nile virus. The discussion of plasma products centered around the current United States Department of Agriculture licensure of only some of these products. Until... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination in Mares and Foals

December 04, 2002

There were nearly 14,000 reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States in 2002 by the end of November, and many broodmares were exposed to the virus even if not clinically affected. As the country begins its fifth year of handling... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination Program

December 04, 2002

On Nov. 3, the Florida Equine Practice Committee met in Ocala, Fla. One of the main topics of discussion was the protocol for using the West Nile virus equine vaccine manufactured by Fort Dodge Animal Health.

According to Dr. Maury B.... Read More

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Recovering from the Flu

December 01, 2002

Q: There was recently a flu-like breakout at the barn where I board, and some other boarders disagreed on how long, or even if they need to, keep horses in and relatively isolated. Some folks are turning them out soon after the... Read More

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West Nile Virus Still Spreading

December 01, 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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Equine Salmonellosis

December 01, 2002

Salmonella spp. can cause diarrhea, abscesses, septicemia, and other ailments in horses. The October 2002 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, published by the University of Kentucky (UK) and sponsored by underwriters at Lloyd's of... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Washington Horse

November 26, 2002

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently announced that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a 14-year-old horse in Island County. The horse, which became ill early in October, is recovering. It is the first horse... Read More

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Pigeon Fever in Colorado and Wyoming

November 26, 2002

There has been an unusual rise in cases of pigeon fever detected in Colorado and Wyoming, according to recent reports from Colorado State University (CSU) and the Wyoming State Veterinary Lab.

Seventy-six cases from Colorado's Front Rang... Read More

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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