Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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Equine Herpesvirus: No EHV-1 in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

December 21, 2006

Representatives of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture verified today that there are no known cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) or official quarantines in their state.

These states received horse... Read More

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Calder Closes Stable Area to New Horses; Takes Other EHV-1 Precautions

December 20, 2006

Edited press release

Calder Race Course track veterinarian Mary Scollay, DVM, announced Dec. 19 that precautionary measures are being taken regarding equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease spread among horses with flu-like... Read More

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State Vet Investigating EHV in Ocala and Jupiter, Fla.

December 20, 2006

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson says the department's Division of Animal Industry is continuing the investigation into the presence of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) in several areas of the state... Read More

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Herpesvirus Outbreak: No EHV-1 in New Hampshire, Tennessee, Carolinas

December 20, 2006

State veterinarians from New Hampshire, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina have identified the horses exposed to equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) and are dealing with the situation.

In New Hampshire, State Veterinarian... Read More

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Herpesvirus Update: Kentucky Mare Cleared

December 19, 2006

Since equine herpesvirus (EHV) is not a federally reportable disease, state officials have become better at communicating among themselves when there might be a problem involving EHV. Such was the case when a shipment of 15 horses from Germany... Read More

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Herpesvirus-Exposed Horses Located in 10 States

December 19, 2006

The 14 horses imported and quarantined with the animal believed responsible for the outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) in Wellington, Fla., have been located, according to Jim Rogers, media coordinator for the USDA's Animal and Plant... Read More

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Sick Horse in Ocala Confirmed Positive for EHV-1

December 19, 2006

Test results have confirmed that a sick racehorse in Ocala, Fla., has equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), and an additional horse in Jupiter, Fla., is showing neurologic signs, according to Read More

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Florida State Vet: EHV Confirmed, 15 Clinical Cases

December 18, 2006

As of Saturday (Dec. 16), five cases of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) have been confirmed with laboratory testing from horses on a quarantined premises in the Wellington, Fla., area. Four additional premises have movement restrictions in... Read More

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Wellington Closing Horse Trail, Setting Up Equine Herpesvirus Hotline

December 18, 2006

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has reported Wellington, Fla., village officials will be closing the... Read More

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Herpesvirus Outbreak: State Veterinarians Notified of EHV Horse Movement

December 18, 2006

State veterinarians have been notified if their jurisdiction received horses that could potentially be spreading equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) from the shipment of 15 horses that included ones responsible for sparking the current outbreak of... Read More

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EHV Conference Draws Huge Crowd of Concerned Wellington Equestrians

December 16, 2006

In excess of 600 concerned people from the local equestrian community attended a press conference hosted by Stadium Jumping Inc., in the Jockey Club alongside the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center this morning (Dec.... Read More

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State Vet: Two Deaths, Two Official EHV Quarantines in Wellington

December 15, 2006

State Officials in Florida are investigating a possible outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) in the Wellington, Fla., area. Affected animals have been associated with the importation of horses through the USDA New York animal import... Read More

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Florida Equine Neurologic Outbreak: Tip of the Iceberg?

December 15, 2006

The source of the current outbreak of neurologic illness in Wellington, Fla., has been traced back to a shipment of 15 horses imported from Europe the last week of November. The horses were housed together at a quarantine facility in New York.... Read More

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EHV Outbreak Closes Show in Wellington; Four Horses Reported Dead

December 14, 2006

The Sun-Sentinel has reported an outbreak of an undetermined equine virus at the American Grand Prix Associatio... Read More

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Florida Animal Health Officials Distribute Disease Report

December 14, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service's Division of Animal Industry distributed the following Disease Report:

The Division of Animal Industry is currently investigating a possible EHV-1 outbreak in... Read More

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USDA Veterinarian to Discuss Equine Herpesvirus with Concerned Wellington Equestrians

December 14, 2006

On Saturday, Dec. 16, USDA Government Veterinarian, Dr. Julie Gauthier, will meet with equestrians, community members, and members of the media to discuss the equine rhinopneumonitis. The disease, also known as equine herpesvirus or EHV, is a... Read More

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Wellington EHV Outbreak Details Coming into Focus

December 14, 2006

Numerous reports have indicated that at least one horse has died in Wellington, Fla., from a viral illness suspected to be neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV). Animal health officials are currently seeking to confirm the cause of the horse's... Read More

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Leptospirosis Getting an Early Start this Year

December 12, 2006

Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have reported numerous early cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause a variety of equine problems, including abortion, a flu-like illness, and uveiti... Read More

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NAHMS Study Ranks EIA Awareness and Testing Rates

December 08, 2006

Horse owners' familiarity with equine infectious anemia (EIA) varies greatly by where they live, the size of their operation, and how they used their horses, according to the National Animal Health Monitoring System's (NAHMS) Equine 2005... Read More

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Virginia Maryland Group Works at Solving the EPM Enigma

December 07, 2006

Researchers have puzzled over how Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite notorious for causing equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), travels from the intestine, through the blood-brain barrier, and into the centra... Read More

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Merial Adds Recombitek Equine Influenza Virus Vaccine to its Line

December 04, 2006

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Merial announced the addition of Recombitek Equine Influenza Virus vaccine to its recombinant vaccine line--the first and only equine influenza vaccine in the United States that uses canarypox-vectored technology. Recombitek... Read More

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NAHMS: Most Commonly Used Equine Vaccine Type in U.S. is West Nile Virus

December 03, 2006

Equine operation managers surveyed for the National Animal Health Monitoring System's (NAHMS) Equine 2005 study report that West Nile virus (WNV) vaccines are the most common vaccine administered to horses at their facilities.

More than... Read More

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Pneumonia's Fatal Grip

December 01, 2006

Pneumonia is, simply put, inflammation of the lungs. It can be mild or life-threatening (and quickly fatal) depending on its cause and the age of the foal. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Many foals are susceptible to... Read More

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Early Arrivals

December 01, 2006

Premature deliveries don't occur frequently, but when they do, difficult decisions must often be made.... Read More

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Vigilance Key in Managing for PHF

November 26, 2006

Tennessee Cases Increase

Potomac horse fever (PHF) probably has been endemic in the Western Hemisphere as long as horses have inhabited the region—perhaps even since the prehistoric era--and it's here to stay. As awareness of th... Read More