Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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West Nile Virus Found in Iowa

September 21, 2001

A dead crow found in Scott County has tested positive in preliminary tests for West Nile virus (WNV), marking the first time the virus has been identified in Iowa. Testing of the crow was conducted at the University of Iowa Hygienic... Read More

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West Nile Virus in North Carolina

September 18, 2001

The North Carolina State Public Health Laboratory yesterday (Sept. 17) confirmed that a dead blue jay found in Cabarrus County is positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the first evidence this year of the disease found in North Carolina.... Read More

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Puncture Wounds in Horses

September 17, 2001

Puncture wounds can be difficult to treat and can lead to a horse contracting tetanus. ... Read More

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Researchers Declare War On EPM

September 17, 2001

According to a number of researchers across the country, anything less than an all-out scientific assault on several fronts will not result in a victory in the battle to conquer equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Veterinary schools, equin... Read More

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Tennessee Confirms West Nile Virus at State Level

September 16, 2001

The Tennessee Department of Health announced yesterday (Sept. 17) that nine dead birds found in Shelby County appear to be infected with West Nile virus (WNV) according to preliminary tests. The birds, all blue jays found in zip code areas 38117... Read More

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West Nile Virus Continues to Affect Humans and Horses

September 14, 2001

Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut have now experienced their first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2001. A 72-year-old male from the Gwynns Falls area of Baltimore City, Md., was announced as positive for WNV on Sept. 6 b... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccine Information

September 14, 2001

The following information is written with information from Rocky Bigbie, DVM, a representative of Fort Dodge Animal Health. Fort Dodge produces the West Nile virus vaccine.

Q: Why should we vaccinate now if... Read More

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Western Influences

September 13, 2001

DATELINE JERUSALEM: "The Israeli Health Ministry has officially designated the outbreak of western Nile River fever as an epidemic. Since the beginning of the outbreak, 13 people have died and 61 are being treated in hospitals..." source... Read More

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EPM Vaccine Argument

September 13, 2001

When there is a new drug or vaccine going through the approval process with FDA or USDA, there are certain criteria that have to be met. We discuss this in-depth in our article that begins on page 37. The... Read More

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West Nile--It's Only Just Begun

September 13, 2001

West Nile virus is beginning to peek out from the mysterious hiding places where it overwintered since an outbreak in late 1999. Five additional birds have been found dead with the virus-- four in New York, and one in New Jersey. Officials... Read More

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Fact or Opinion?

September 13, 2001

No doubt about it, West Nile is a nasty disease. It causes neurologic problems in humans and horses, and has led to deaths in several species. Since the United States never dealt with West Nile before last year, it's even scarier than some of th... Read More

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West Nile Firsthand

September 12, 2001

September 2, 2000, Clayton, Delaware

The shrill ring of the phone announced a call from Tanja Hanyi, DVM, my partner in veterinary practice some years ago. "Hey! Guess what? I think I've got a West Nile case!" she said excitedly. No... Read More

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EPM Management

September 12, 2001

The words equine protozoal myeloencephalitis first appeared in this publication more than five years ago, and while the scientific community has made great advances in unraveling certain aspects of this disease, other areas still beg for answers... Read More

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West Nile Virus Identified in Illinois in Birds

September 07, 2001

Equine veterinarians from across the globe will gather in San Diego, Calif., for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 47th Annual Convention, Nov. 24-28. More than 2,500 practitioners attend the convention each year, making it... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Crows

September 07, 2001

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Madison, Wisc., have confirmed one case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a crow found near Milwaukee. Results for a second bird found near Milwaukee are inconclusive and that bird is being retested... Read More

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Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Louisiana

September 07, 2001

The first known equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Louisiana has been confirmed in a horse in Vermilion Parish. Tests on the horse were conducted and confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and the positive... Read More

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Confirmed Equine West Nile Virus Case In Connecticut

September 07, 2001

One horse has been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus infection in West Granby, CT. More information is available at http://dep.state.ct.us/mosquito/domanimal.aspx.  ... Read More

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Texas Prepares for Foot and Mouth

September 01, 2001

What would happen if foot and mouth disease (FMD) ran rampant in the United States? If it happened, it likely would be in Texas, which has the highest density of cattle in the United States. Texas regulatory veterinarians and agency... Read More

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Anthrax Outbreak in Texas

September 01, 2001

Anthrax, a livestock disease not commonly considered an equine ailment, recently caused the death of two horses in Texas. The first cases of anthrax in this outbreak appeared in deer in southwest Texa... Read More

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Kentucky Leaders Meet To Discuss West Nile Virus

August 31, 2001

Researchers, government officials, and private practitioners who are members of the Emerging Diseases Committee met at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center for nearly two hours to discuss how to handle information dissemination to... Read More

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Mosquito Control Measures

August 31, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading. Horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" Thegood news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work like other... Read More

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First Kentucky Horse With WNV Recovering

August 31, 2001

The first horse confirmed to have West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky is a 3-year-old Quarter Horse filly which was bred and raised in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Bourbon County is northeast of Lexington, and Paris is one of the largest cities in th... Read More

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West Nile Virus In Kentucky Horse

August 31, 2001

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) reported today that Kentucky’s first case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in the state. A horse was tested positive in Bourbon County, which is in the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Alabama

August 31, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) has officially made it to Alabama. Jefferson County health officials reported on Monday that the virus was confirmed in two dead birds. There have been no human or horse cases confirmed in the state.

The... Read More

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Marquis Unveiled

August 31, 2001

The first FDA-approved treatment for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), Marquis, was launched Aug. 23 at Bayer's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida College of Veterinary... Read More