Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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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

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Virginia Logs Its First 2004 Equine WNV Case

June 17, 2004

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced 2004's first positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse on May 28. The six-year-old Thoroughbred mare lived on a farm in Culpeper County that had a positive... Read More

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EIA Detected in Australia

June 17, 2004

On June 8, the Queensland, Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) reported that equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed on a central coast property. While the disease is detected frequently along western... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in New Mexico

June 04, 2004

On June 4, 2004, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, IA, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses at one premises in New Mexico.

VS is a viral disease that primarily affects horses, cattle,... Read More

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Equine Disease--Fourth Quarter, 2003

June 01, 2004

From the April 2004 issue of Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by Lloyd's of London underwriters, brokers, and their Kentucky agents

The International Collating Centre in Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Cases Lessen

June 01, 2004

The African horse sickness (AHS) death toll in the Western Cape of South Africa has risen to 15 confirmed cases since the first death on the Elsenburg Agricultural Research Farm was confirmed on Feb. 25. The last case (unconfirmed) was reported... Read More

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Georgia Herd Hit by Strangles

June 01, 2004

According to an April 16 AccessNorthGa.com report cited on Pro-MED, a herd of about 115 horses in western Georgia has been quarantined because of a strangles outbreak at the farm.

"Under an order by Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin date... Read More

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Ireland Officials Issue EVA Alert

June 01, 2004

Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) issued advice on April 5 to horse breeders because of concerns over the perceived risk increase for equine viral arteritis (EVA).

Tests on horses from two Irish studs have... Read More

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Kentucky Gov. Fletcher Signs Emergency Regulation Amending Ban On Texas Livestock

May 27, 2004

The ban on Texas livestock coming into Kentucky from Texas because of vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been amended by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher today (May 27) by an emergency regulation, according to a press release from the governor's office.... Read More

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Salmonella In Central Kentucky

May 25, 2004

On May 8, a Central Kentucky equine hospital 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 explaining the methods... Read More

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EU Places Restrictions on Horses from the United States

May 25, 2004

The American Horse Council has learned that all horses being exported from the United States to the European Union (EU) now require a negative (1:12) virus neutralization test for vesicular stomatitis (VS). The test samples must be taken within... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Texas; Kentucky Bans Livestock

May 24, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS), a disease with international implications for animal movement because symptoms mimic those of foot and mouth disease, was confirmed May 19 in western Texas. In response to that announcement, Kentucky Department of... Read More

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WNV Detected in Illinois Birds

May 24, 2004

Three dead birds in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) since this year's statewide mosquito-borne disease surveillance began on May 1. One crow was collected in Rantoul County and positive results were confirmed on May 21.... Read More

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Ky. State Veterinarian Bans Texas Animals After VS Finding

May 21, 2004

State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, has banned all livestock and wild or exotic animals from Texas from entering Kentucky due to reports of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in west Texas.

The order also prohibits the entry into... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in West Texas; First Case Since 1998

May 20, 2004

The country's first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) since 1998 was confirmed Wednesday, May 19, on a premise with nine horses and eight head of cattle near Balmorhea, in Reeves County in west Texas. VS is a viral disease that occurs... Read More