Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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The Buzz On Mosquitoes

May 03, 2006

Mosquito control experts and human health authorities are concerned that Americans are becoming complacent about protecting themselves and their horses against West Nile virus (WNV). They discussed this trend and new mosquito control techniques... Read More

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Keeneland Horse Doesn't Have Strangles

May 02, 2006

A Thoroughbred racehorse at Keeneland began showing slight signs of filling in the submandibular region (under the jaw) late last week, and on Saturday (April 29) the horse was moved to a private clinic for diagnosis. The fear was that the horse... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

May 01, 2006

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) in the George area of southern South Africa, in the southeast region of the Western Cape. As of Feb. 28, 13 horses had died. Current outbreaks... Read More

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Herpesvirus Situation Ends in Maryland

May 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks in Maryland drew to a close on March 8, after the Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and an isolation barn at the Bowie Training... Read More

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WNV: A Threat to Unvaccinated Horses

April 24, 2006

As spring approaches and temperatures rise, growing mosquito populations will increase the risk for deadly mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus (WNV) and equine encephalomyelitis (sleeping sickness).

Since its discovery in... Read More

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A New Model for Predicting Outbreaks of West Nile Virus

April 24, 2006

Infectious diseases were wreaking widespread havoc long before scientists had any idea what caused them. But knowing the pathogenic agents behind today's scourges is just the first step in protecting against deadly outbreaks. Roughly 75% of... Read More

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More African Horse Sickness; Lift of EU Ban Could be Delayed

April 19, 2006

According to a report on iol.co.za, an online publication in South Africa, African horse sickness... Read More

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Human WNV Vaccine Tested

April 18, 2006

A team of U.S. and U.K. researchers have shown that an experimental West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine shows promise in protecting humans from the arbovirus. The study abstract appeared online April 14 in the early edition of the Proceedings of... Read More

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WNV Treatment Trial Begins

April 17, 2006

GenoMed, a medical genomics company, is seeking horses to participate in a free trial to test a medical protocol for treating West Nile virus (WNV). David W. Moskowitz, MD, MA, FACP, chairman, CEO, and chief medical officer for GenoMed, said the... Read More

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Ohio Health Officials Begin WNV Surveillance Season

April 17, 2006

According to the online edition of the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum (www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com), the Ohio Department of Health began accepting dead bird submissions today... Read More

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Kentucky's EIA and West Nile Surveillance Program

April 14, 2006

During 2005, a total of 121,813 samples were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA). For the first time since regulatory testing was initiated in the 1970s, no positive animals were identified (Figure 1). Private testing accounted for 101,650... Read More

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Decreasing Risk--Utilizing Industry-Based Standards of Care

April 12, 2006

Adverse animal health events do not occur randomly. Usually, there are identifiable causal--and possibly preventable--factors that can influence the development of disease. Depending upon whether the risk factors are already known or identified... Read More

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Protect Against EEE in Florida

April 12, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal Industry sent an e-mail to Florida practitioners last week reminding them to make sure horse owners safeguard against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and reminded... Read More

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Commentary on Equine Herpesvirus

April 11, 2006

The recent outbreaks of paralytic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infection at racetracks and training centers in Kentucky, Maryland, and Pennsylvania have illustrated the benefits of combining the old with the new. The old is the regular,... Read More

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Worldwide Disease Outbreaks

April 11, 2006

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks during the fourth quarter 2005.

Cases of abortion caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were reported from New South... Read More

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More African Horse Sickness?

April 11, 2006

A horse that died in late March on a farm on the border of the Worcester and Roberson Districts of the Western Cape of South Africa is being tested for African horse sickness (AHS), according to a report by Dianne Hawker first published in the... Read More

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Spring Rains Incite Mosquito Worries in California

April 10, 2006

Mosquito control officials are encouraging San Francisco Bay Area residents to safeguard against West Nile virus (WNV) after rains drenched Santa Clara County during most of March.

ABC 7 News reported online that after an unusually wet... Read More

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Fever, Colic, Swelling...What is It?

April 01, 2006

I had an 8-month-old colt stop eating his grain on Friday. I took his temperature, which was 105ºF, and gave him Bute and Banamine to reduce his fever. My veterinarian came the next day and said it was a virus, but didn't treat him. He came on... Read More

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First 2006 Florida EEE Cases Emerge

April 01, 2006

By March 1, the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) season in Florida was already underway, and Florida veterinarians remind horse owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated against the disease, which can have a mortality rate of up to 90%.... Read More

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Neurologic Case Shows Difficulty of Rule-Outs

April 01, 2006

A 24-year-old pleasure mare in Brunswick, Ga., has been diagnosed with concurrent infections of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Both can cause neurologic disease.

This case highlights the... Read More

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Critical Care In the Field

April 01, 2006

How does your veterinarian keep up with what is best for your horses? By attending continuing education that covers areas of interest and provides him with lectures and one-on-one time with experts in various fields. Each year, Hagyard Equine... Read More

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New Sling Shows Promise in Clinical Setting

April 01, 2006

When an equine patient can't stand, practitioners need to quickly assess his prognosis, and that can be difficult with him lying down. Putting a horse in the Andersen Sling Support Device (ASSD), the gold standard for equine slings, requires at... Read More

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Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

April 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on... Read More

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New Product Reduces Clinical Signs of Herpes

April 01, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis in the United States, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4)... Read More

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Kentucky Rescinds Maryland EHV Restrictions

April 01, 2006

On March 31, one week before Keeneland's spring race meet is set to begin, State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted restrictions for all Maryland horses entering Kentucky racetracks based on information provided by the Maryland Department of... Read More