Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Merial Launches New Resources Web Site

July 27, 2001

Merial pharmaceutical company recently launched a new customer tool and resource—http://www.merial.com, which offers speedy access and simple routes to information relevant to customers.

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Florida Has Year's First Equine West Nile Virus Case

July 25, 2001

The first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States this year has been confirmed in a Florida horse. The horse was located in Jefferson County, Florida, where WNV-positive crows were found in June. The United States Department of... Read More

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Skunk Revealed As EPM Intermediate Host

July 13, 2001

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk serves as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. The... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed In Florida

July 11, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a dead crow in Jefferson County, Fla. The crow was submitted for testing on June 18, and results were released July 6. The disease, which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, made its debut i... Read More

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West Nile Virus 2001

July 01, 2001

On May 7 it was announced that West Nile virus (WNV) had returned to the northeastern United States--this time in dead crows in New Jersey. But the area wasn't as panicked as it had been the past two years the disease was found. State... Read More

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EVA Video Available; Rule in the Works

July 01, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a video entitled "Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): A Manageable Problem." EVA is an acute, contagious viral equine disease that can cause fever, respiratory illness, ocular... Read More

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"In the News" Seminar

July 01, 2001

An attentive audience gathered to learn more about foot and mouth disease (FMD), West Nile virus (WNV), and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) from experts on Friday, April 27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Peter Timoney,... Read More

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LSU's Vet Diagnostics Lab Helps Monitor Vector-borne Diseases

June 29, 2001

As mosquito and other insect populations increase during the summer months, so do epidemics of diseases carried by those insects, including the deadly equine encephalitis. But researchers at LSU are working to curb the spread of vector-borne... Read More

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Update On Foot and Mouth Recommendations

June 22, 2001

Release from Great Britain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF)

5 June 2001

Advice for horse owners during the foot and mouth outbreak

Though horses are not susceptible to infection by... Read More

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Burghley Will Go On Despite Foot And Mouth Concerns

June 22, 2001

Tickets have gone on sale for Europe’s only four-star three-day event in 2001, the Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in spite of the foot and mouth disease outbreak. The Badminton three-day event was... Read More

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Georgia Quarantines 41 horses, Tests 50 More For Equine Infectious Anemia

June 22, 2001

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin said on June 15 that 41 horses are quarantined at 10 different North Georgia locations due to exposure to equine infectious anemia (EIA).

"We have tested these 41 quarantined in the... Read More

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Update On The Status of West Nile Virus Surveillance Mapping for 2001

June 22, 2001

The National Atlas of the United States of America will not be producing West Nile maps in 2001, however, another component of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI), will be... Read More

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EVA Video Available To Public

June 08, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a video entitled “Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): A Manageable Problem.” EVA is an acute, contagious viral equine disease that can cause fever, respiratory illness, ocular... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island Birds

June 08, 2001

Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management has announced two crows have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The crows were collected from Charlestown and Warwick last week and are the first to test positive in Rhode Island this year.... Read More

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Massachusetts West Nile Information Line Opens

June 08, 2001

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's West Nile virus information line opened on June 1.

If you are a Massachusetts resident and wish to speak with someone concerning WNV during business hours, or leave a telephone message... Read More

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Bush's Request Includes $35 Million To Guard Against Foreign Animal Disease

June 08, 2001

The President's FY2001 supplemental appropriations request to Congress will include an additional $35 million for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance activities designed to protect U.S. agriculture from serious animal... Read More

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EPM: The Next Step(s)

June 01, 2001

EPM research is proceeding at a fast pace across the country, as you will see in our EPM Special Report this month. There are many questions to be answered, and many of those answers result in more questions. Here are some of the knowns, and the... Read More

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Lives In The Balance--Botulism

June 01, 2001

Botulism, an often-deadly disease in foals, can be prevented easily and inexpensively with proper management. Botulism is a familiar term to most of us as a disease that humans get from eating improperly preserved food. In horses, botulism cause... Read More

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Michigan EPM Studies--Exposure, Testing, Control

June 01, 2001

Research from Michigan State University (MSU) estimates that 60% of horses in the state have been exposed to Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Analysis showed that seroprevalence... Read More

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International West Nile Conference

June 01, 2001

As mosquito populations began another season of activity, scientists met for the International Conference on West Nile Virus (WNV) in White Plains, N.Y. Individuals from as far away as Israel, Romania, Russia, France, and South Africa joined... Read More

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More West Nile Virus Findings In New Jersey

June 01, 2001

Two crows collected in Edison, New Jersey, May 22 and 24 tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). To date, 118 crows and 1 hawk have been tested by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services' Public Health and Environmental Laboratory.... Read More

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Maryland Crow Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

June 01, 2001

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Laboratories confirmed May 24 that a crow found in Baltimore City tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV). This first confirmed crow of the 2001 season was found in the 3100 block... Read More

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Dead Crow Found In Milford, Connecticut Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

May 25, 2001

From the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

On May 23, the State Mosquito Management Program announced the first bird positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Connecticut, submitted from Milford and tested... Read More

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Armadillo Linked to EPM

May 25, 2001

A recent study from the University of Florida found that the nine-banded armadillo is an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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AVMA Wants Legislation Preparing For Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks

May 25, 2001

The AVMA is working with officials in Washington, DC, to draft legislation outlining procedures for preventing the introduction of a foreign animal disease in North America, and a well-coordinated emergency response plan to be implemented in the... Read More