Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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The Spread of West Nile Virus in 2002

June 05, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) didn’t wait until the summer to start spreading this year—cases were reported as early as January. As of May 24, the virus had been found in 12 states. It was estimated that WNV would spread across the United States within... Read More

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Horse Dies of Rabies at Pennsylvania Race Course

June 05, 2002

According to a recent report from the Daily Racing Form, a horse with rabies died May 12 at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. The 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding showed symptoms of rabies and was placed in quarantine before h... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Confirmed in Virginia

May 30, 2002

Detection of a neurological illness in Virginia thought to be equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) myeloencephalopathy was recently confirmed as such at several laboratories throughout the United States.

The organism causing EHV-1 can cause... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey

May 22, 2002

Department of Health representatives from Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey have detected their first avian cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. Washington, D.C., reported its first WNV-infected bird on May 13, which was found May 1 ... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in Three More States

May 15, 2002

Virginia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania have been added to the list of states affected by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. While WNV has been detected in all three states in past years, these positive bird findings showed up very early compared to... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

May 08, 2002

Four cases of mysterious illness in Northern Virginia horses have been attributed to equine herpesvirus (EHV) myeloencephalopathy, a rare neurologic version of EHV type 1, which is typically recognized in its respiratory form as rhinopneumonitis... Read More

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LSU Foal Study On Viral Infections and Recurrent Airway Obstruction

May 01, 2002

Louisiana State University researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine have begun a study to investigate the effect of viral infections on the immune response of neonatal foals, specifically if exposure to influenza virus reduces the risk... Read More

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EPM Medication Q&A

May 01, 2002

My horse was diagnosed with EPM last year. We tried Baycox for one month--no change. Since then, he has been on a daily dosage of sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine combination (SDZ/PYR) for approximately nine months. Would it be advisable to give... Read More

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West Nile Virus Education

May 01, 2002

A live satellite broadcast within Ohio March 20 disseminated information about West Nile virus (WNV) to extension and health personnel at remote locations, who then could ask questions of the expert presenters. The broadcast from Columbus, Ohio,... Read More

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Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis in 2001

April 24, 2002

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and Western equine encephalitis (WEE) are mosquito-borne viral diseases that primarily affect horses east and west of the Mississippi River, as their names imply.  The Centers for Disease Control and... Read More

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Change to Texas EIA Regulations

April 23, 2002

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently enacted a new regulation that requires equids to have had a negative blood test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) within the previous 12 months if the animals are kept within 200 yards of equid... Read More

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West Nile Virus 2001 Report Released, Map Online for 2002 Cases

April 18, 2002

Cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV) infection have been reported in Florida, and a bird has tested positive in Louisiana. Keep up with the spread of WNV in 2002 with our WNV map of cases.

Current Map of West Nile Virus Infection in... Read More

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California EEE Case Investigation Complete

April 10, 2002

Final results have been released from a study that investigated the only case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) ever documented in California. The infected Quarter Horse yearling died in the spring of 2000 (See Article Quick Find ... Read More

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Health Officials Tracking West Nile Virus

April 05, 2002

Health officials charting the spread of West Nile virus across the United States project that "Texas and at least up to the Rocky Mountains will be affected" by the virus in 2002, said Dr. Kristen Bernard, assistant director of the Arbovirus... Read More

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More West Nile Virus in Florida

April 03, 2002

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has received reports of two positive cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in horses in Polk County, Florida. This marks the... Read More

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Risk of Equine Viral Arteritis from Imported Stallions

April 01, 2002

Equine arteritis virus (EAV) causes a flu-like illness in adult horses called equine viral arteritis, and is responsible for abortion in mares and pneumonia in foals. Stallions can be become persistently infected and shed the virus in their... Read More

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Florida Reports First West Nile Virus Cases For 2002

April 01, 2002

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) reported Feb. 18 that the first equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2002 had been found. Three horses tested positive for WNV in... Read More

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U.K. Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic Officially Over

April 01, 2002

The United Kingdom has regained its status as a foot and mouth disease (FMD)-free country at an international meeting of veterinarians in Paris, France, in January. The official statement was made Jan. 22 by the U.K.'s Department of Environment,... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Louisiana

March 27, 2002

Last week, Louisiana officials announced the state’s first finding of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. A cardinal bird from East Baton Rouge Parish tested positive for WNV at the Louisiana Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the Louisiana State... Read More

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First Animal Cases of West Nile Virus for 2002 Reported

February 22, 2002

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced Feb. 18 that the first cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for this year have been reported. It has been confirmed that a wild... Read More

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Kentucky Breeding Regulations Amended

February 06, 2002

As was stated Feb. 4 in a news story on this web site, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture filed emergency regulations regarding testing procedures for contagious equine metritis (CEM) to be followed when breeding an imported mare i... Read More

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Emergency Breeding Procedures Filed for Kentucky Farms

February 04, 2002

Due to concerns resulting from last year's foal losses attributed to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS), the Kentucky Department of Agriculture today filed emergency regulations regarding procedures that are followed when breeding an importe... Read More

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Working for the Betterment of Horses

February 01, 2002

Moyer and Johnson are excited about the future of equine research, not only at Texas A&M, but around the world. And that excitement was made possible in large part to a woman who wanted to better the world in which horses live.... Read More

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A World on the Move

February 01, 2002

The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) met in Sorrento, Italy, in conjunction with the October 2001 Italian veterinary association annual meeting. WEVA meets every other year in locations designed to attract veterinarians from countries... Read More

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WNV Web Site Launched for Horse Owners

February 01, 2002

Fort Dodge Animal Health has taken a proactive approach to keeping horse owners informed of the spread and dangers of West Nile virus (WNV) by launching a web site and developing educational literature on the disease. In just two years, WNV has... Read More