Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Placentitis--General Information

February 14, 2005

The single most important cause of premature delivery of a foal is placentitis. It accounts for nearly one-third of late-term abortions and fetal mortality in the first day of life.... Read More

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Placentitis--Placental and Post-Mortem Examination

February 14, 2005

Performance of a thorough placental examination, he said, requires a basic understanding of placental anatomy and some familiarity with the gross features found in a normal placenta.... Read More

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Placentitis--Caring for the Foals

February 14, 2005

During the foaling season, Bain said, veterinarians are frequently called upon to deal with a foal that is the product of a mare with placentitis. These foals, he said, can range from being extremely early--300 days--with small size and organ functio... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Research

February 13, 2005

Rhodococcus equi is the most common cause of severe pneumonia in foals. However, despite intensive research, the reasons some foals get this pneumonia and some don't are not known.... Read More

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Pigeon Fever Research

February 13, 2005

This disease has nothing to do with birds; it got its name from the inflammation seen in the chest region of some affected horses that makes them look like they have a puffed-out pigeon's breast. Also known as dryland distemper, the disease is... Read More

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Fourth Case of EHV-1 Detected at Michigan Track

February 10, 2005

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) director Dan Wyant today announced the confirmation of a fourth case of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., and the subsequent cancellation of live racing cards... Read More

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Officials Call Off Delhi Polo Season Due to EIA

February 09, 2005

The Delhi, India, polo season has been cancelled after two ponies were diagnosed as carrying equine infectious anemia (EIA), according to a Feb. 7 report from New Delhi Television Ltd. (NDTV.com).... Read More

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AAEP 2004:Infectious Diseases Forum

February 07, 2005

Veterinarians swapped ideas on hot topics in the realm of equine infectious disease in the Infectious Disease Forum at the 2004 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 3-8 in Denver, Colo. Steve Conboy, DVM, a private... Read More

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Saddlebred Exhumation Under Way

February 02, 2005

The much anticipated court-ordered exhumation of the body of champion Saddlebred Wild Eyed and Wicked began this morning under gray skies and amidst chilling temperatures at Double D Ranch near Versailles, Ky. Wicked was one of five top American... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Testing

February 01, 2005

Piroplasmosis is an infectious, tick-borne disease caused by one of two parasites, Babesia equi or Babesia caballi, which attack and destroy red blood cells in horses. The mortality rate can be as high as 20% among susceptible... Read More

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Equine Infectious Anemia: Symptoms and Control

February 01, 2005

EIA is characterized by fever, anemia, jaundice, depression, edema, and chronic weight loss.... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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EHV in Foals From Vaccinated Mares

February 01, 2005

The results suggest that certain mares have latent EHV-1, experience reactivation of the virus, and pass it on to their foals, allowing viral spread around the farm. Therefore, EHV-1 is continuing a silent cycle among foals even when the mares are... Read More

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Vaccination Essentials: Rabies, Tetanus, and Botulism

February 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the second in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Ask veterinarians anywhere in North America and they'll likely agree: If you vaccinate for nothing else, at the very least vaccinate... Read More

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WNV Vaccine: Safe for Broodmares

February 01, 2005

Researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) have just completed a retrospective study into the safety of administering the killed West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine to pregnant broodmares, the first study on this topic in equine reproductive... Read More

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Additional Treatment Receives Conditional License

February 01, 2005

In the treatment of horses suffering from West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company (CSC)... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

February 01, 2005

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized in December. The first case was found Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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One Dose of WNV Recombinant Vaccine Could Help Control Outbreaks

January 31, 2005

A recent study at Colorado State University (CSU) found that your horse might have the ability to fight off West Nile virus (WNV) less than a month after receiving a single-dose vaccination against the disease. The challenge study tested Merial'... Read More

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Third Case of Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed at Northville Downs

January 26, 2005

Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Dan Wyant announced the confirmation of a third case of equine herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1) at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., on Jan. 20. One barn at Northville Downs has been placed under... Read More

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Second Domestic Animal in Illinois Dies of Rabies

January 26, 2005

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's animal disease lab in Galesburg has confirmed that a cow owned by an eastern Bureau County resident tested positive for rabies on Jan. 13, the second domestic animal to be euthanized due to this disease i... Read More

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Kentucky Lifts Last of Vesicular Stomatitis Bans

January 25, 2005

Kentucky state veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted an embargo last week on the importation of livestock, wild animals, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado. This embargo had been enacted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), and it... Read More

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Maximizing the Benefits of Influenza Vaccination

January 18, 2005

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, DipECVPH FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his presentation on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine... Read More

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U.K. Equine Viral Arteritis Restrictions Lifted

January 14, 2005

The stallion that tested positive for equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been returned to its country of origin and restrictions on the quarantine premises where it was being kept have now been lifted.

The horse, which had been imported... Read More

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New Mexico VS Embargo Lifted

January 14, 2005

New Mexico has been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, wrote the following in a letter to New Mexico's state veterinarian posted on the Kentucky Departmen... Read More

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Beware Botulism in Wet Weather

January 11, 2005

Wet weather is known to give rise to increases in some equine diseases, including botulism, Potomac horse fever, and mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, and Eastern, Western, and Venezuelean equine encephalitis. One veterinarian at... Read More