Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Training Resumes at Churchill

May 23, 2005

Horses stabled in a second Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture because of confirmed cases of equine herpes virus at the track will be allowed to return to limited training on May... Read More

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Churchill EHV-1 Update

May 23, 2005

Equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs. 

Three barns (6, 38, and 39) are currently quarantined on the backside of Churchill Downs.

To date, a total of five... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Situation

May 23, 2005

As of May 20, there were no new equine herpesvirus (EVH-1) cases at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a number of cases of the neurologic form of the virus since late March. Private veterinarians, Maryland state animal... Read More

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Preakness Runners Not Affected by Churchill EHV Quarantine

May 18, 2005

Churchill Downs and Kentucky veterinary officials are segregating horses because of a possible outbreak of an equine respiratory virus in three barns, but no horses entered in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are affected.

Rusty Ford of... Read More

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Update on Churchill Downs Horses

May 18, 2005

Necropsies from the two horses affected by neurologic signs at Churchill Downs showed the horses had lesions consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (damage to the brain and/or spinal cord). Three other horses are currently showin... Read More

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New Zealand FMD Update

May 17, 2005

A second letter has been received, via media, stating that the original letter sent last week claiming release of "a vial of FMD virus on an off-shore island" was a hoax and that no FMD virus was released in New Zealand. A police assessment... Read More

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Three Barns Quarantined for EHV at Churchill Downs

May 17, 2005

The Blood-Horse and The Horse have learned that three barns at Churchill Downs have been put under quarantine because of a possible outbreak of an equine viral respiratory disease. Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's... Read More

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Foot and Mouth Disease Threatens New Zealand

May 12, 2005

New Zealand government officials are looking into a recent threat that foot and mouth disease (FMD) was released on nearby Waiheke Island (about 11 miles west of Auckland, New Zealand) May 9.

The government received a letter the afternoo... Read More

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Pfizer and Brown + Associates Win NAMA Best Of Show Award

May 09, 2005

What if parasites could communicate with us?  That’s the premise behind this year's National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Best Of Show winner in the Specialty Division.

During a ceremony held on April 20, 2005 in Phoenix,... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Update

May 07, 2005

Facility managers who are handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) or "rhino" incident at a Columbia, Md. horse stable reported May 7 that one additional horse had to be euthanized. The horse had exhibited a low-grade fever... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for Arizona VS Outbreak

May 04, 2005

With the notification received yesterday evening that an equine animal residing on a single premise in Maricopa County, Arizona has been diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 will now... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Arizona

May 03, 2005

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in a horse on a premises in Maricopa County, Ariz. (Maricopa County is located in the south-central portion of the state and is home to Phoenix.) The owner of the 5-year-old gelding reported that the... Read More

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African Horse Sickness: Fighting a Foreign Foe

May 01, 2005

If you're a horse owner in the United States, you've probably never worried about African horse sickness (AHS), let alone seen a case of it. Sounds pretty exotic, doesn't it? But then again, so did West Nile virus six years ago.

The bad... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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Lyme Disease Update

May 01, 2005

Lyme disease is a problem more commonly thought to occur in our canine and human friends than horses. However, occur it does, and it can have a wide range of signs and symptoms. This disease is a perplexing and confusing one to diagnose and trea... Read More

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Controlling Influenza

May 01, 2005

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

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection. While it affects many horses, it has a low mortality rate; horses generally recover.... Read More

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EPM: Not So Common?

May 01, 2005

"Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a common cause of neurological disease of horses in North and South America, and results from a protozoal infection with Sarcocystis neurona or Neospora hughesi (less commonly)," said... Read More

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Strangles Strikes

May 01, 2005

Several strangles outbreaks across the country have complicated the spring showing, training, and racing plans for some horse owners. Several racetracks in Florida, Kentucky, and New York have established restrictions on animals from affected... Read More

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Maryland Horses Succumb to Neurologic EHV-1

May 01, 2005

Three horses were euthanatized due to severe neurologic signs caused by equine herpesvirus type-1 at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md., the week of March 21, according to the animals' attending vet. Two more horses at the facility... Read More

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Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las... Read More

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Update Influenza Vaccines

May 01, 2005

Veterinarians and horse owners, as caretakers of the health and wellbeing of our animals, tend to be vigilant about ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines. But do we ever step back to examine if these vaccines, which include multiple antigens... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in New Mexico

April 28, 2005

On April 27, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in horses at one premises in Grant County, N.M. This is the first confirmed case of vesicular... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for New Mexico VS Outbreaks

April 28, 2005

Kentucky officials have prohibited the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into the Commonealth from Grant County, N.M. Vesicular stomatitis was confirmed yesterday (April 27) in a horse in Grant County, and one other horse portrayed... Read More

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Twelve Years of EPM Research: Are We Any Smarter?

April 25, 2005

"I think every time we find out something about EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), it turns up more questions," said Bill Saville, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The... Read More