Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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NY State Health Department Announces West Nile Virus Detected In Mosquitos and Four More Birds

October 11, 2002

New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr. P.H. announced July 17 that the State Health Department for the first time this year has identified preliminary evidence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes by using a rapid,... Read More

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West Nile Virus (WNV) Notes

October 11, 2002

PA West Nile Virus Web Site Expanded

Visitors to Pennsylvania's West Nile virus website—http://www.WestNile.state.pa.us —now can get weekly updates on the statewide mosquito surveillance... Read More

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UK Team Attacks Strangles

October 11, 2002

A leading UK horse charity has teamed up with genome researchers in an effort to beat the equine disease strangles. The Home of Rest for Horses, based in Buckinghamshire, England, has financed a £250,000 ($390,000) project to decode all the gene... Read More

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West Nile Threat Moves Dressage Olympic Selection To Florida

October 11, 2002

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has changed the location of its Dressage Olympic Selection Trials, scheduled for the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21.

The trials, which will also serve as the State Line Tack/USET Grand Prix... Read More

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West Nile Still Here

October 11, 2002

West Nile encephalitis virus caused an outbreak and deaths in humans and horses in the northeastern United States in the late summer and early fall of 1999. Recent isolations of the virus from adult mosquitoes and a dead bird in New York state... Read More

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EVA Confirmed In Kentucky

October 11, 2002

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) was confirmed on one Thoroughbred farm on March 20.... Read More

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West Nile Virus Panel Discussion

October 11, 2002

The James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health will convene a panel discussion on West Nile Virus, March 6 at Tel-A-Race, Hauppauge, Long Island. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Walter Maclyn Conlon, President and CEO of Suffolk... Read More

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Research Centre Announces Breeders' Workshop

October 11, 2002

The Equine Research Centre (ERC) at Guelph, in partnership with Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Minitube of Canada and the Semex Alliance, continues to respond to the needs of horse breeders with a two-day workshop, on March 4 & 5, 2000. Th... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in Washington

October 09, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a dead raven collected near Newport, Wash. Testing at the National Wildlife Health Center Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., confirmed the virus. This is the first WNV detection in Washington, according to... Read More

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Equine Salmonellosis in the United States and Kentucky

October 09, 2002

Salmonella spp. cause a multitude of diseases in horses, including diarrhea, abscesses, septicemia, and other ailments. Over 2,200 serotypes of salmonellae are known and can be identified at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 29

October 03, 2002

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories or reported by state officials so far this year is 7,462.  That is an increase of 1,239 cases... Read More

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West Nile Virus Alert!

October 01, 2002

by Kimberly S. Herbert and Stephanie L. Church

West Nile virus is a dangerous and scary disease, and it is spreading across North America very quickly. However, this is one of the few times when horses have it better than humans when it... Read More

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You Should Be Afraid, But...

October 01, 2002

West Nile virus is here to stay. Just like its cousins Eastern and Western equine encephalitis, it can be controlled, but only with diligence and hard work. West Nile virus (WNV) is deadly in about 40% of the horses which get the disease. It... Read More

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

October 01, 2002

You're preparing your mare for the upcoming breeding season. The stud owner insists on a bacterial culture of your mare's uterus prior to live breeding to reduce the chances of her passing any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) she might have... Read More

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EIA in Georgia: Four Horses Test Positive, 94 Quarantined

October 01, 2002

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced last week that four horses in Chattooga County tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) and have been euthanized. At press time, 94 other horses in the county had been... Read More

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West Nile Virus Moves West in Canada

October 01, 2002

Horse owners in Canada are becoming just as wary of the neurological disease West Nile virus (WNV) as their U.S. neighbors (see "West Nile Virus Alert" on page 32). The virus, which is harbored by birds and spread by the bite of an infected... Read More

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More Kentucky Potomac Horse Fever Cases

October 01, 2002

Two additional cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) have been confirmed at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) veterinary hospital in Lexington, Ky., bringing the clinic's total to five confirmed cases since the end of July. Two other PHF cases previousl... Read More

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Vaccine Licensing

September 27, 2002

Any company trying to put a new vaccine on the market must follow a specific process to obtain a license from the USDA before the product can be used in the horse population. A vaccine receives either a conditional or full license after a series... Read More

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First West Virginia Equine WNV Cases Detected

September 26, 2002

Three equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed in West Virginia, according to state veterinarian Lew Thomas, DVM. The cases were detected over the last three weeks, and WNV was confirmed in each horse by the USDA National... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 22

September 24, 2002

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories or reported by state officials so far this year is 6,223. That is an increase of 843 cases since Sept. 17. Th... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Challenge Study Q&A

September 20, 2002

Research and Development representatives from Fort Dodge Animal Health 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 Health... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Study Abstract Released

September 18, 2002

Fort Dodge Animal Health recently received USDA approval to release the following abstract regarding the West Nile virus vaccine and its efficacy. More information on the topic was presented in today's sessions at the World... Read More

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More Cases of Equine West Nile Virus in Virginia

September 18, 2002

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced Monday that additional horses have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total number of equine WNV cases in the state this year to 17.

The... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Illness in 2002: Jan. 1-Sept. 17

September 18, 2002

The total number of equine cases of illness caused by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) or reported by state officials so far this year is now 5,380. That is an increase of 774 cases... Read More

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Pennsylvania Stops Testing Birds for West Nile Virus

September 17, 2002

Starting today through next spring, Pennsylvania’s West Nile virus program will no longer accept birds for routine testing in 29 counties. However, state officials are asking citizens to continue phoning 877/PA-HEALTH to report dead birds that... Read More