Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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First Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Vermont

August 30, 2002

Animal health officials with the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food & Markets have confirmed that a horse in Franklin County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), ending three years of speculation as to when and where the first... Read More

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Kentucky Equine West Nile Virus Cases Total 69

August 29, 2002

Six Quarter Horses are among the 13 new confirmed cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state's equine population, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. The total number of equine in Kentucky confirmed infected with WNV in... Read More

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EIA in Georgia: Four Test Positive, 94 Quarantined

August 26, 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. So far, 94 other horses in the county have had to be quarantine... Read More

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First West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico, Montana

August 23, 2002

New Mexico and Montana joined the list of states affected by West Nile virus (WNV) Thursday when they announced their first equine cases. A New Mexico ranch horse from Tucumcari, in the eastern part of the state, did not survive WNV, and was not... Read More

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Mosquito Infected with West Nile Virus Found at Churchill Downs

August 23, 2002

Officials with the Jefferson County, Ky. Health Department said that at least one mosquito infected with West Nile virus has been found at Churchill Downs.

The discovery of the mosquito came during a routine examination of a group of... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases Down in Ocala Area

August 23, 2002

Many Marion County, Fla., horse farm owners took the advice of their veterinarians seriously and vaccinated their horses against the vector-borne West Nile virus (WNV) last autumn. Officials believe it has resulted in a decrease i... Read More

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Kentucky Reports 13 More WNV Cases

August 23, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late Friday, Aug. 23, that 12 more Kentucky horses were confirmed today as having West Nile virus (WNV). One additional horse was confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 22. This brings the number of Kentucky... Read More

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West Nile Virus Spreads in Illinois

August 22, 2002

The number of Illinois counties reporting West Nile virus (WNV) activity grew to 82 with the Aug. 19 confirmation that a horse from Massac County has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted virus.

In addition to the Massac... Read More

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First WNV Cases Detected in Mules and Mosquitoes in Kansas

August 22, 2002

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in two mules--one in Montgomery County and one in Sedgwick County. The virus was also found in a mosquito population collected from Barton... Read More

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Genetics and West Nile Virus

August 22, 2002

A recent study in mice completed by French researchers suggest that some individuals might be genetically predisposed to have a deadly reaction to West Nile virus (WNV).

The study was published in this week's issue of the Proceedings... Read More

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Safety Tips for Animal Owners During Mosquito Spraying

August 22, 2002

As more cases of West Nile virus (WNV)-associated illness have been diagnosed in people and horses, communities have taken steps to prevent spread of the virus. Mosquito control is the most effective means of preventing spread of WNV and many... Read More

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25 Equine WNV Cases in Kentucky

August 21, 2002

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Wednesday, Aug. 21, that six more horses had been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state. None had been vaccinated. Five of the horses are alive and one was euthanized o... Read More

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West Nile Virus Moves Westward in Horses

August 19, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has appeared in horses as far west as Wyoming and Colorado, according to reports from state officials and the United States Department of Agriculture. Equine cases have also been found in Michigan and Oklahoma for the... Read More

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Four More WNV Cases Confirmed in Kentucky

August 19, 2002

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office late on Monday, Aug. 19, confirmed that four more horses in Kentucky have been confirmed as having West Nile virus (WNV). None of the horses had been vaccinated.
This brings the total of WNV cases in... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected In Three Colorado Horses and a Crow

August 16, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in the blood of two horses and a crow from Weld County and one horse from Pueblo County.

John Pape is an epidemiologist who specializes in animal-related diseases for the Colorado Department... Read More

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Seven More WNV Cases Confirmed In Kentucky

August 16, 2002

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office reported late on Friday, Aug. 16, that seven more horses in the state had been confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV). That brings the total number of positive horses in the state this year to 15,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in South Carolina For First Time

August 15, 2002

A dead blue jay found in Lexington County has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNV), making it the first confirmed evidence of the disease in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Aug.... Read More

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Churchill Downs, Farms Take Steps Against West Nile Virus

August 15, 2002

Churchill Downs' primary weapon against the West Nile virus (WNV) sits in a clear, plastic vial on the desk of track superintendent Butch Lehr, according to AP writer Chris Duncan.

The vial holds birdseed-like pellets that release a... Read More

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More Kentucky Potomac Horse Fever Cases Confirmed

August 15, 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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Kentucky Has Fourth West Nile Virus Horse

August 09, 2002

A fourth horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky. The 5-year-old draft-cross gelding first showed signs on July 26, and he was euthanized on July 29 after becoming recumbent and unable to rise, according to Rusty Ford of the... Read More

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Watch For Potomac Horse Fever in Kentucky

August 08, 2002

Four additional cases of Potomac horse fever (PHF) have been confirmed at two veterinary hospitals in Lexington, Ky. Three of the cases were treated at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Veterinary Hospital, where two of the horses are recovering... Read More

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First Equine West Nile Virus Cases in Georgia for 2002

August 05, 2002

Tests confirmed July 31 that West Nile virus (WNV) led to the death of a Pike County horse earlier in July. Tests also confirmed that a horse in Putnam County had contracted the disease, but fully recovered. The Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic... Read More

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West Nile Virus Encephalitis

August 01, 2002

In August 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) was identified as the cause of encephalitis in birds, horses, and humans in New York. Since then, WNV activity has spread north and south along the East Coast, and west to several states following bird... Read More

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Mare Milking Early

August 01, 2002

I have a Paso Fino mare whose due date is three months away and her milk bag is full, hot, and dripping very white milk. She has been waxed over for about a week now, but thankfully she seems to be in no distress. I can find no one with this... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Texas Birds, Kentucky Horse

August 01, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has continued its march westward, recently being detected for the first time in Texas in two blue jays in northwest Houston. Additionally, the disease made its 2002 Kentucky equine debut in a Thoroughbred yearling.... Read More