Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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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

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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.

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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

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West Nile Virus in Arkansas

October 12, 2001

The Arkansas Department of Health and the Livestock and Poultry Commission have reported that one dead Blue Jay in Union County has tested positive at the USGS National Wildlife Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin for West Nile virus... Read More

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West Nile Virus Identified in Missouri Birds

October 12, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in five American crows from the St. Louis area. The U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin, notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oct. 5 that... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection, Jan. 1-Oct. 1, 2001

October 12, 2001

There have been 137 cases of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection detected in horses from 11 States.

The horses are from:

  • 1 county in Alabama: Dale (Ozark, 2);
  • 2 counties in Connecticut:... Read More

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Encephalomyelitis

October 11, 2001

The initials are innocuous enough--EEE, WEE, VEE--but the diseases they stand for can be deadly to both equines and humans. They are, in order, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (WEE), and Venezuelan Equine... Read More

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EPM: Hope At Last

October 10, 2001

It seems to work! Because of research on new drug treatments for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), horse owners might soon be able to kill the parasite that they now only can control effectively about 60% of the time. Preliminary researc... Read More

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Venereal Disease in Horses

October 10, 2001

Venereal diseases are those that can be sexually transmitted. "Vener" is the Latin term for sexual intercourse and, hence, the origin of the term "venereal." The outcome of sexually transmitted diseases in horses can vary... Read More

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Injured Riders Can't Help Horses

October 09, 2001

Why doesn't every rider wear an approved safety helmet, and wear it correctly, every ride? Statistics show that most people who are severely hurt in riding-related incidents suffer from head injuries. I guess it's a lot like the debate concernin... Read More

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Studies on Vitamin E

October 09, 2001

Researchers at Oregon State University and elsewhere are continuing to examine the role of vitamin E in horse health, including disease prevention and therapy. In particular, vitamin E deficiencies and/or supplementation could be important... Read More

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Puncture Wounds in the Foot

October 09, 2001

Within this subject, it is also a good time to discuss simple foot abscesses, as they are a common--and often the best possible--outcome for a puncture wound to the foot. Generally before infection can take hold, the puncture must penetrate the dead ... Read More

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Potomac Horse Fever Breakthrough

October 05, 2001

Potomac horse fever was an equine disease shrouded in mystery. Scientists knew what caused the illness--the bacterium Ehrlichia risticii--but its source in Nature could not be found. No one knew how horses became infected. Until now.... Read More

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What You Do Not Know...

October 05, 2001

The federal government decided to include funding for equine research in the fiscal year 1999 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that passed recently (see Up Front page 9). Those moneys are earmarked for several areas, including research into... Read More

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AAEP 1995 Convention Roundup

October 04, 2001

A total of 2,351 equine veterinarians--a record attendance--descended on Lexington for the 41st annual American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. Committee business dominated the day on Dec. 2, with 21 of the association's 40... Read More

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Rabies in Horses

October 03, 2001

Rabies, an old and clever virus, is making a resurgence in parts of the United States. While the number of rabies cases in animals might seem relatively small, and the number of cases in humans minuscule, the public health costs and implications... Read More

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Dual Hemisphere Breeding

October 03, 2001

Thoroughbred breeding stallions truly have joined the jet set. These four-legged  Romeos are flying from one part of the world to another these days as they perform breeding duties on both sides of the equator. Hundreds of... Read More

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Mosquito Wars

October 01, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading, and horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" The good news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and conditionally approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work... Read More

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2000 Equine West Nile Virus Study Online

October 01, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently released the final full report for the year 2000 West Nile virus study in horses on the Internet.... Read More

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Arkansas and Michigan Change EIA Test Requirements

October 01, 2001

Changes to equine infectious anemia (EIA) testing requirements were made recently in Arkansas and Michigan. Arkansas passed Act 540, which defines and sets standards for an EIA research facility and will require an EIA verifier to be present to... Read More

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Species of Mosquitoes Associated with West Nile Virus in the USA, 2001

September 28, 2001

The following are the species of mosquitoes from which West Nile virus was isolated and/or from which West Nile virus RNA was detected during 2001 (as of Sept. 25).

  1. Aedes albopictus
  2. Aedes cinereus... Read More

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Intranasal Equine Influenza Vaccine Now Available in Canada

September 28, 2001

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

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Suspected Equine West Nile Virus Case In Mississippi

September 21, 2001

Mississippi public health & animal health officials announced the first identification of West Nile Virus in Mississippi on Sept. 19.

A horse from western Lee County has been found infected with West Nile virus... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus, Jan. 1-Sept. 19, 2001

September 21, 2001

There have been 110 cases of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection detected in horses from 11 States. The States that most recently reported their first equine case(s) in 2001 are: Alabama (Dale County, 2), Massachusetts (Plymouth... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Alabama Horses

September 21, 2001

Two horses in Dale County, Alabama have been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. A positive horse has also been confirmed in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. These are the first equine cases of clinical WNV... Read More