Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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No EHV-1 Positive Horses In Maryland, Some Hold Orders in Effect

February 23, 2007

According to a statement released by the Maryland Department of Agriculture yesterday (Feb. 22), there are no known positive cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland. However, eight facilities are under mandatory investigational hold... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Horses Being Tested At Five New Maryland Locations

February 23, 2007

A release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, noted that, "As of today there are five new facilities of interest (for equine herpesvirus type 1), for a total of 13, under hold orders based on new information... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Md. Officials Investigating Five Exposed Horses

February 21, 2007

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is conducting a neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) investigation in six locations in Maryland, including five horses currently located in the state.

The investigation is warranted because these... Read More

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Herpesvirus: Six Virginia Farms Quarantined

February 21, 2007

Under the direction of State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes, veterinarians with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) are currently quarantining six farms in Northern Virginia with horses that might have been... Read More

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Leesburg, Va., Equine Medical Center Under Herpesvirus Quarantine

February 21, 2007

State officials have imposed a quarantine of the Virginia Tech Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's facilities effective immediately due to the suspected infection of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in three hospitalized... Read More

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N.D. Extension Reports Numerous Cases of Strangles

February 19, 2007

Area horse owners should watch their animals carefully for signs of strangles, a highly contagious disease, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service equine specialist Carrie Hammer.

"Many cases of the disease have been... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus: Valtrex Treatment Appears Successful

February 18, 2007

Can antiviral drugs be used to successfully treat horses with equine herpesvirus? Recent research into the drug Valacyclovir (trade name Valtrex) seems to indicate it has a place in treating horses exposed to--and diagnosed with--equine herpesvirus... Read More

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Oral Rabies Vaccine to be Distributed by USDA in Florida

February 09, 2007

Wildlife Services, a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits across portions of west central Florida beginning on, or about Feb. 14, to prevent the... Read More

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Herpesvirus: N.Y. Horse Euthanatized

February 07, 2007

Just days after a false alarm reporting a positive case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Dutchess County, N.Y., a horse there was euthanatized after showing neurologic signs consistent with EHV-1. Test results confirmed the horse... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Wisconsin Cases Not Related to Other Outbreaks

February 06, 2007

A flare-up of equine herpesvirs-1 (EHV-1) cases in Jefferson County, Wisc., which has led to the euthanasia of two horses, is not related to any other recent outbreaks, according to Scott Austin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic... Read More

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Herpesvirus Confirmed in Wisconsin Horses; Two Euthanatized

February 05, 2007

Two horses in Jefferson County, Wisc., have been confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), according to a statement written by Scott Austin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic, and released on the Wisconsin Horse Council... Read More

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Rutger's Annual Yearling Auction Scheduled for April 29

February 03, 2007

The 8th Annual NAERIC Yearling Auction to be held at Cook College holds promises of bright futures for twelve well-trained yearling horses. The eight geldings and four fillies have spent the past eight months as part of the Young Horse Teaching... Read More

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Systemic Therapy in the High-Risk Mare

February 01, 2007

Several conditions can threaten pregnancy in the late gestational mare. C.S. Bailey, DVM, who is completing a theriogenology residency at the University of Florida and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., said some of these... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis in 2006

February 01, 2007

Last year was marked by the re-emergence of equine viral arteritis (EVA) on a widespread scale in the United States, with evidence of infection confirmed in 10 states. The occurrence was significant in that it represented the first major incursion... Read More

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Strangles Eradication is Aim of New British Initiative

February 01, 2007

The British Horse Society and the Animal Health Trust launched a campaign today (Feb. 1) to raise £250,000 ($492,000) to eradicate Strangles.

Strangles--triggered by the bacterium Streptococcus equi--is one of the most common... Read More

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AQHA to Store Equine Viral Arteritis Vaccination Documentation

February 01, 2007

Owners, breeders, and veterinarians, all of whom have strong economic reasons to prevent and control equine viral arteritis (EVA), are getting some help from the American Quarter Horse Association. The Association will begin documenting... Read More

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Two Los Alamitos Horse Deaths Attributed to EHV-1

January 30, 2007

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Rick Arthur, DVM, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board, reported Monday that two barns are under quarantine at Los Alamitos Race Course following the deaths of two horses from the... Read More

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Florida Lifts All Equine Herpesvirus Quarantines

January 23, 2007

All quarantines in effect for horse farms and clinics due to the recent equine herpesvirus outbreak have been lifted, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs said.

“We released the last facility (Jan. 20),” department... Read More

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EHV Alert Clarified, No Confirmed Cases in New York

January 23, 2007

An alert regarding a case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) put out by the Dutchess County, N.Y., Cornell Cooperative Extension earlier today (Jan. 23) is being clarified.

While the release stated EHV-1 had been diagnosed, Jessica Chittenden,... Read More

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Pony and Car Collisions Increasing in New Forest

January 22, 2007

A new report shows that the number of accidents involving vehicles and New Forest ponies is rising, according to Read More

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Herpesvirus: 21 University of Connecticut Horses Showing Clinical Signs

January 19, 2007

More horses at the University of Connecticut have come down with equine herpesvirus, which forced the school to quarantine the 72-horse herd two weeks ago, UConn officials said Thursday (Jan. 18).

Currently 21 horses are showing signs of th... Read More

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Herpesvirus Prevention: Connecticut Vet Offers Tips

January 19, 2007

Simple good horsemanship and reasonable hygiene are the keys to preventing an outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV), according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, a veterinarian with Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn.

Mitchell made the... Read More

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Connecticut Veterinarians Meet to Discuss EHV

January 18, 2007

CHC would like to report that Stewart Beckett, DVM, chairman of the board for The Connecticut Horse Council, Inc., attended a meeting convened by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Equine Committee which took place on Monday... Read More

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University of Rhode Island Horses Under Voluntary EHV Quarantine

January 17, 2007

The University of Rhode Island's equestrian team coach has placed the team's horses under voluntary quarantine to prevent equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection. Barn visitors are required to disinfect their shoes and hands, riders cannot... Read More

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California Vets Provide EHV-1 Update, Offer Prevention Advice

January 17, 2007

While one barn at Los Alamitos remains under quarantine due to equine herpesvirus-1 positives, the situation in California appears to have calmed down considerably. Rick Arthur, DVM, the California Horse Racing Board equine medical director,... Read More