Recent News for Infectious Diseases

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West Nile Virus Innovator Vaccine

May 01, 2003

Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine at the West Nile Virus Workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center. Keene explained plans for... Read More

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Colorado State West Nile Virus Study

May 01, 2003

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers released results March 25 from a study that examined the characteristics of 2002's West Nile virus (WNV) equine outbreaks in Colorado and Nebraska. The study was a collaborative effort between the stat... Read More

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A Florida Practitioner's Perspective on WNV

May 01, 2003

Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida (UF), spoke about West Nile virus (WNV) protective strategies for horse owners and veterinarians at a March 7 meeting in Lexington, Ky. Veterinarians and public officials gathered... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed at Kentucky Racetrack; Pennsylvania Track Lifts Quarantine

May 01, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The March 18 announcement of this fact followed treatment of EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and... Read More

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Findlay Classes Resume After EHV-1 Outbreak

May 01, 2003

Classes resumed March 10 at the University of Findlay's James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, which had been under quarantine since the weekend of Jan. 18 because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1). (For more on the outbreak,... Read More

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Canada Reports First 2003 Presumed WNV-Positive Bird

April 29, 2003

York Region Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hanif Kassam, has announced that a dead crow has undergone testing and is presumed to be positive for West Nile virus (WNV ). The crow was found in the town of Newmarket. The bird is the first... Read More

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Mosquito Disease Could Slow Spread of West Nile Virus

April 25, 2003

A disease that kills mosquitoes could be one way to slow the spread of West Nile virus (WNV), the USDA said in an Associated Press story.

Jim Becnel, a scientist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, said Wednesday he and a team... Read More

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Equine Influenza Spreads in the U.K.

April 23, 2003

Equine influenza has spread to nearly 20 premises—mostly Thoroughbred training stables--in the United Kingdom, and it has been detected in the eastern, central, and southern parts of the country. “The reason(it’s unusual) is because despite the... Read More

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23 Florida EEE Cases

April 21, 2003

The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases (EEE) in horses has risen to 23 in north central Florida, according to Bill Jeter, DVM, Diagnostic Veterinary Manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. This confirmed earlier... Read More

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EHV Outbreak in the U.K. Unusual; Asymptomatic Cases Could be EHV-4

April 18, 2003

“It’s very unusual to get EHV-1 outbreaks all at the same time on different premises,” said James Wood, BSc, BvetMed, MSc, PhD, MRCVS, DLSHTM, Dipl. ECVPH, Head of Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom, about the recent... Read More

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Pennsylvania Launches 2003 West Nile Virus Surveillance Program

April 16, 2003

Pennsylvania health official announced April 14 that Pennsylvania has launched this year's effort to detect and control mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus (WNV).

"It's that time of the year againtime to get your yard back in shape or... Read More

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Details of the U.K. EHV-1 Outbreak

April 15, 2003

The United Kingdom’s Animal Health Trust (AHT) has detailed the country’s EHV-1 outbreak that began in early March. At least 12 horses have been euthanized due to advanced neurologic deterioration resulting from infection.

The first... Read More

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Equine Influenza in the U.K.

April 15, 2003

Equine influenza has been confirmed to date in 14 Thoroughbred race training stables since March 13, according to the United Kingdom’s Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Influenza is not usually life threatening, but rather makes... Read More

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EHV-1 in the United Kingdom

April 14, 2003

Several regions of the United Kingdom have been fighting the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). At least 12 horses have been euthanized due to advanced neurologic deterioration resulting from infection. According to the Britis... Read More

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Owners Recommended to Consult with Vet about WNV Vaccination

April 04, 2003

Now is the time for horse owners in Kentucky to consult with
their veterinarians about vaccinating their animals for West Nile virus (WNV),
Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith said.

"West Nile virus was diagnosed in... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted on Turfway Park Horses

April 04, 2003

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will release the quarantine placed on Barn 15 at Turfway Park as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday (April 5). The 80-horse barn was placed in quarantine after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1... Read More

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EEE and WNV Hit Florida

April 03, 2003

Ten cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and one case of West Nile virus (WNV) have been confirmed by serological testing as of April 3 in eight Florida counties, according to Leroy Coffman, DVM, Florida’s state veterinarian and director o... Read More

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Keeneland Requiring Health Certificate for Horses

April 02, 2003

Keeneland, which opens for its spring meet April 4, is requiring all horses that enter the grounds to have a health certificate written within 72 hours of arrival.

River Downs in Ohio implemented a similar policy in the wake of the... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak Kills 300 Horses in South Africa

April 02, 2003

An outbreak of African horse sickness detected last week in South Africa has killed 300 horses, according to a Pro-Med report. African horse sickness is a lethal virus spread by the Culicoides bolitinos midge, a species of small fly.... Read More

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Herpesvirus Type 1 Hits Hard

April 01, 2003

Ohio and Pennsylvania have confirmed or reported cases of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1, see Pennsylvania information on page 15). But the worst problems reported thus far have occurred in Ohio, where 12 horses died in... Read More

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EHV-1 in Penn., Possible Iowa Cases

April 01, 2003

While Ohio veterinarians are busy fighting what seems to be an especially aggressive strain of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), two horses were euthanized due to illness from the virus at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Penn., in an... Read More

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WNV and Equine Abortions?

April 01, 2003

A question has been raised whether the increased number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in Kentucky in late summer and fall 2002 contributed to a rise in fall abortions. A retrospective study by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease and... Read More

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Colorado State Releases West Nile Virus Survey Study

March 25, 2003

Researchers at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences today released results from a research project that summarizes the background characterization of last year's outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) in... Read More

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Box Containing Virus Explodes at Fed Ex Site

March 20, 2003

The Associated Press reported in the New York Times that a package containing West Nile virus exploded on Tuesday night (March 18) at a Federal Express building in Columbus, Ohio. Fifty workers were evacuated.

“Fire... Read More

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EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More