Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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African Horse Sickness In Lesotho

August 01, 2004

African horse sickness (AHS) has claimed the life of another horse in Lesotho, in southern Africa, raising the death toll to two and the confirmed 2004 case count to 23 as of late April. According to Dr. Malefane Moleko, Chief Veterinary Officer... Read More

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WNV Cases Accumulate--States Await Detection

August 01, 2004

By late June, West Nile virus (WNV) cases had popped up in areas of the United States, Canada, and Central America. Twenty-six of the United States had WNV detected in at least one species (birds, horses, humans, or mosquitoes). Six states had... Read More

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VS in Texas: Breeders' Cup Moving Ahead With Plans

August 01, 2004

Breeders' Cup, which has plans to set up a "disease-free zone" to allow horses to ship in and out of Lone Star Park, is moving full-steam ahead with preparations for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships even as a vesicular stomatitis (VS... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Regulation Planning Continues

July 26, 2004

Nine premises remain under quarantine in Texas due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), according to Max Coats, DVM, MSc, deputy director for Animal Health Programs for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). On July 13, Breeders' Cup, the TAHC, and... Read More

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Premises Quarantined in Three States Due to VS

July 22, 2004

Cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) continue to be detected in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, but the disease appears to be occurring at lower levels than in previous years' outbreaks. As of July 22, nine premises in Texas and 11 in New Mexico... Read More

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Saddlebred Attacks: One Year Later

July 17, 2004

July 17 marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of the first two American Saddlebreds near Lexington, Ky., that succumbed to injuries resulting from attacks on their left forelegs. Only two of the five attacked horses survived the ordeal,... Read More

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New Method for Lyme Disease Diagnostics

July 16, 2004

Horse owners will now be able to know the results of a Lyme disease test within minutes instead of having to wait for as long as a week. A new test, the Snap 3Dx assay, to confirm Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative bacterial agent for... Read More

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Neurologic Herpesvirus Confirmed in Maryland Outbreak

July 09, 2004

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of disease in two Maryland horses infected during a deadly disease outbreak this spring. Twelve horses exhibited signs of neurologic... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado

July 07, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed in three horses on two farms in Colorado, resulting in the quarantine of affected premises and transportation restrictions on Colorado livestock to two other states. One affected farm with two VS... Read More

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Kentucky's First Equine WNV Case of 2004

July 06, 2004

A 20-year-old Arabian mare in Nelson County, Ky., has been euthanized following a battle with the mosquito-borne neurologic disease West Nile virus (WNV). Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) officials announced confirmation of WNV in the... Read More

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VS Detected in Colorado: Kentucky Embargoes and Bans Extended, Revised

July 06, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases have been found on three sites in Colorado. In response to these findings, Kentucky officials have prohibited entry of all livestock, wild, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado, New Mexico, and a... Read More

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West Nile Virus Cases Accumulate--States Await Detection

July 02, 2004

By June 29, West Nile virus (WNV) cases had popped up in areas of the United States, Canada, and Central America. Eleven states had recorded equine cases in 2004, and while horse owners are more educated than ever on WNV prevention, officials... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Texas Cattle

July 02, 2004

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) authorities were notified that vesicular stomatitis (VS) had been confirmed in two head of cattle in Starr County, Texas, on June 29. These cases bring the total number of VS-affected premises in Texas... Read More

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Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

July 01, 2004

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Hits Texas

July 01, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS), a disease with international implications for animal movement because symptoms mimic those of foot and mouth disease (FMD), was confirmed May 19 in western Texas. Kentucky was the first state to respond--officials... Read More

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Salmonella Basics: What You Should Know

July 01, 2004

Clinically normal horses can shed Salmonella bacteria, especially when stressed. Reports on the percentage of horses shedding Salmonella have ranged from 1.5% to 64.5%, depending on whether the horse was hospitalized (higher... Read More

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Salmonellosis in Central Kentucky

July 01, 2004

On May 8, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky, sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explainin... Read More

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Emergency Vesicular Stomatitis Rules

June 29, 2004

Following are summaries of the emergency rules that are in effect currently in Florida and Kentucky, due to the outbreak of VS in New Mexico and Texas. Visit the web sites listed to read the exact wording of the... Read More

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Maryland Farm Quarantine Lifted

June 28, 2004

The quarantine of a Poolesville, Md., farm was lifted June 22 after five weeks passed with no detection of additional cases of neurologic disease. On May 18, veterinarians confirmed the last new case of what could be the neurologic form of equin... Read More

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VS Case Count Climbs in Texas

June 24, 2004

Six more premises in Texas have horses with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS), reports the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). The most recent cases, were confirmed this week through laboratory tests, and include horses on a ranch... Read More

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Kentucky Tightens VS Regulations

June 24, 2004

After receiving information that more premises and cases had confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas and New Mexico, Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, announced on June 23 more detailed restrictions on movement of all... Read More

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VS Update: Breeders' Cup, Lone Star Park Moving Ahead With Plans

June 23, 2004

Breeders' Cup, which has plans to set up a "disease-free zone" to allow horses to ship in and out of Lone Star Park, is moving full-steam ahead with preparations for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships even as a limited outbreak of... Read More

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Tests Inconclusive in Maryland Disease Outbreak

June 23, 2004

Investigators have been unable to make a conclusive diagnosis in the outbreak of equine neurologic disease on a single quarantined farm in Poolesville, Md. There is strong suspicion that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) is to blame, but further... Read More

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More Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Texas and New Mexico

June 20, 2004

Horses on a total of three sites in Texas and four premises in New Mexico are known to be infected with vesicular stomatitis (VS), a painful blistering disease of livestock such as horses, sheep, swine, and deer. The viral disease appears... Read More

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New Bolton Center Update: Renovations Under Way

June 18, 2004

There is good news at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center large animal hospital--cultures have shown the Salmonellae infection that closed the hospital was limited in its scope, and work is proceeding quickly to renovate... Read More