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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

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West Nile Virus in Minnesota and South Dakota Horses

July 31, 2002

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced July 30 that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in four Minnesota horses through testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Ontario, Canada

July 31, 2002

According to Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as of July 30, 2002, West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in 38 birds, and another five birds are presumably positive in Ontario.

The confirmed and presumed positive bird... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in South Dakota

July 28, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a dead crow in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a state health official said June 26. Testing at the State Public Health Laboratory in Pierre confirmed the virus. This is the first detection of the virus in Sout... Read More

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West Nile Virus Exhibit at Dallas Museum of Natural History

July 26, 2002

The Dallas Museum of Natural History opens a special educational exhibit about West Nile virus (WNV), Wed., July 31. The exhibit allows visitors to explore what the virus is, how it originated, how we can protect ourselves and how it is... Read More

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West Nile Virus In 31 States and D.C. in 2002

July 25, 2002

West Nile virus (WNV) has continued its advance across the United States, appearing for the first time in 2002 where it has visited in previous years, and making its debut in other states untouched by the virus before 2002. In all, 31 states and... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma

July 19, 2002

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Tulsa City-County Health Department confirmed July 18 that a crow found in the Tulsa city limits has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first detection of the virus in Oklahoma. No... Read More

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Potomac Horse Fever Fatality in Kentucky

July 18, 2002

A Thoroughbred filly in Central Kentucky recently succumbed to Potomac horse fever (PHF), a disease that is detected only once or twice per year in the Commonwealth. The cause of death was a mystery until test results were received from the... Read More

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Second West Nile Virus Horse Euthanized In Kentucky

July 18, 2002

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office reported this evening that a 5-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding in Nelson County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The gelding began showing clinical signs on July 9, and his ataxia... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Arkansas and North Dakota

July 16, 2002

A horse in Grand Forks County, ND, has been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first-ever detection of WNV in North Dakota.

The horse was an approximately 2-year-old Quarterhorse gelding that became ill on June... Read More

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More West Nile Virus Found in Kentucky

July 10, 2002

A total of seven birds and one horse have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Kentucky in 2002, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office. The one horse, which was euthanized, was from Fayette County. Two birds... Read More

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Probable First Equine West Nile Virus Case in Texas

July 05, 2002

Preliminary tests indicate that Texas has its first equine West Nile virus (WNV) case. The sick horse was euthanized June 29 near Katy, Texas. West Nile virus was detected for the first time in Texas on June 18 near Houston; since then, 29... Read More

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West Nile Virus Education is Key

July 03, 2002

"Whether or not West Nile virus (WNV) is going to become a serious concern in your state, the media is going to make it one," stated Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University's (OSU) Department of Veterinary Preventive... Read More

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Mosquito Patrol

July 01, 2002

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, they are a public and equine health hazard. In addition to spreading West Nile virus (WNV), mosquitoes can carry malaria, yellow fever, dengue, filariasus (e.g., dog heartworm), and several encephalitis... Read More