Recent News for Infectious Diseases

Article

Flu Avert in Canada

November 01, 2001

Heska Corporation announced Sept. 24 that it has received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell Flu Avert I.N., an intranasal influenza vaccine, in Canada. Heska has granted Novartis Animal Health Canada, Inc., exclusive... Read More

Article

The Impact of West Nile Virus

November 01, 2001

Before the late summer of 1999, most veterinarians in the United States could not have told you much about West Nile virus (WNV). Most regulatory veterinarians, like myself, only knew that WNV didn't exist in the Western Hemisphere, and it wasn'... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Migrates to the Southeast

November 01, 2001

The year's first four equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States have been confirmed in Florida. Three positive horses were located in Jefferson County, and one was found in bordering Leon County. The United States Department of... Read More

Article

FDA Approves First EPM Treatment

November 01, 2001

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. Bayer Animal Health of Shawnee Mission, Kan., is the sponsor of the drug ponazuril, which will have the trade name... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Found in Ohio

November 01, 2001

At press time, West Nile virus (WNV) had officially arrived in Ohio, according to state and local health officials. The virus was found in a blue jay in Lake County, in northeastern Ohio. This is the farthest west that WNV has been found in the... Read More

Article

Skunk Revealed as an EPM Intermediate Host

November 01, 2001

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk can serve as an intermediate host in the laboratory for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The striped skunk's... Read More

Article

Wyoming Herpesvirus Outbreak

November 01, 2001

An equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) outbreak has affected nearly 50 horses and caused the deaths of seven horses in Wyoming. The outbreak occurred at Paradise Ranch in Johnson County near Buffalo.... Read More

Article

EPM Treatment Research

November 01, 2001

More than 50 years ago, horses at The Jockey Club in San Paulo, Brazil, were suffering from a neurologic disease that caused muscle wasting. In 1964, that same disease was seen in North America. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus In 18 States & D.C.

November 01, 2001

Since its first appearance in this country in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has found its way into the everyday vocabulary of the horse community as it has made its way through 18 states... Read More

Article

Clinical Signs of West Nile Virus

November 01, 2001

Nathan Slovis, DVM, an internal medicine specialist at the veterinary firm of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, Ky. diagnosed the first equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Kentucky, and described... Read More

Article

EEE Outbreak in Wisconsin

November 01, 2001

As many as 30 horses in northwestern Wisconsin recently died from what officials believe is Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). Most of the cases were found in an area 30 miles north of Eau Claire,... Read More

Article

Anthrax Affects Everyone

November 01, 2001

Anthrax is a rapidly developing, acute or sub-acute, fever-producing, infectious disease of all warm-blooded species, including humans. It is a dangerous, reportable disease that when suspected in an animal should be brought immediately to the... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Update for 2001

November 01, 2001

Horses in Alabama, Virginia, and Louisiana have been battling West Nile virus (WNV) for the first time since it hit the Western Hemisphere in 1999. In the meantime, veterinarians, public health officials, and horse owners are anticipating the... Read More

Article

Get Involved: Terrorism and Horse Ownership

November 01, 2001

Equids have lived their whole historic, genetic lives with terror as a part of their natural existance. Horses have a normal, immediate reaction to danger that manifests itself as "flight or fight." In their world, safety is being out of the are... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Confirmed In Virginia

October 20, 2001

Virginia's Commissioner of Health E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, announced on Oct. 13 that a dead crow found in Prince Edward County in Southside Virginia has been confirmed to have West Nile virus. The crow is the first bird to test positive for... Read More

Article

Messages

October 18, 2001

There are three very important topics that need to be covered this month, all of which have to do with horses, horse owners, and horse health. And all have to do with communication and the importance of making sure that the message you want sent... Read More

Article

AAEP 1996 Convention Wrapup

October 18, 2001

A variety of topics, ranging from the sophisticated to the mundane, were discussed by presenters who offered their findings under the umbrella subject--The Foot.

Opening the session was Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, of the... Read More

Article

Where Are We Now?

October 18, 2001

The foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak in Great Britain started on Feb. 21, 2001. Immediately, virtually all equestrian enterprises stopped in sympathy for the farming community. This affected all sporting and recreational activity including, for the... Read More

Article

Piroplasmosis: First Step On A Long Road

October 16, 2001

I'm not happy, but I am satisfied. I'm not happy because I still think there are more questions than answers about letting horses positive for piroplasmosis enter the United States and compete in the Olympics. I'm not happy because I think this... Read More

Article

Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

Article

Piroplasmosis: Scientific Information Needed

October 16, 2001

Don't you just hate people who complain all the time and aren't willing to do something about the problem? Me, too. I have been harping on piroplasmosis in this column for the last two months, and we've been covering the controversy stirred up b... Read More

Article

Oversight and Interaction

October 16, 2001

The policies are stringent. A hard line seems to have been drawn. Responsibilities have been assigned. Excruciating details have been put forth. Now the big questions is: Who?

Georgia and the USDA decided to grant waivers to allow... Read More

Article

Piroplasmosis: The Olympic Question

October 15, 2001

(The following information was presented by Lee Brooks, DVM, the state veterinarian for Georgia, at the American Horse Council's Horse Health Committee meeting. Following this information is a summary from Georgia and the USDA giving... Read More

Article

Geldings and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

October 12, 2001

Q: Is it possible for a gelding to have equine viral arteritis? I've read all about this disease in mares and stallions, but I have not read anything about it in geldings.

Article

West Nile Virus Found in NC Crows, Horses

October 12, 2001

North Carolina's State Public Health Laboratory reported Oct. 9 that West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in two horses in the state. The infected horses were in Hyde County and Camden County (and are not confirmed at... Read More