Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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New Mexico VS Embargo Lifted

January 14, 2005

New Mexico has been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, wrote the following in a letter to New Mexico's state veterinarian posted on the Kentucky Departmen... Read More

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Rabies Detected in an Illinois Horse

January 06, 2005

Illinois agriculture and health officials announced last week that a LaSalle County horse tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) laboratory in Galesburg on Dec. 10, 2004. Eleven people received preventive... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

December 01, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no livestock restrictions due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease thought to be transmitted by sand flies and black flies that appears every few years in the Southwest. Sick livestock... Read More

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Rabies in Kentucky--2003 and 2004

November 12, 2004

In 2003, The Kentucky Department for Public Health Division of Laboratory Services and the Breathitt Veterinary Center received 1,217 animal specimens from Kentucky counties for rabies testing. There were 52 (4.3%) samples unsuitable for testing... Read More

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Kentucky VS Embargo Update

October 20, 2004

From the Kentucky Department of Agriculture:

Since Texas has been been removed from the list of vesicular stomatitis-affected states, Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115E now prohibits the entry of all livestock... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

October 20, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no animals or herds restricted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease that can temporarily debilitate affected equine animals, cattle, goats, deer, swine, or other susceptible... Read More

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New Bolton's Widener Hospital Reopens

October 01, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals began accepting equine emergency patients on Aug. 30. The hospital reopened on Aug. 2 for outpatients and scheduled elective surgeries. The hospital, located at New... Read More

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Control of Infectious Diseases in Vet Hospitals

September 13, 2004

Infectious disease outbreaks that occur in veterinary hospitals (nosocomial outbreaks) can present an overwhelming challenge to veterinary personnel, and they are often events that incite a greater awareness and concern for routine infection... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes and Bans Extended, Revised

September 01, 2004

In response to the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS), Kentucky officials have prohibited entry of horses and some other species into Kentucky from Colorado, New Mexico, and part of Texas. (New Mexico had horses on 35 premises under VS... Read More

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VS Regulation Planning Continues

September 01, 2004

Nine premises remain under quarantine in Texas due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), says Max Coats, DVM, MSc, deputy director for Animal Health Programs for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). In mid-July, the TAHC, Breeders' Cup, and other... Read More

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Diarrhea in Adult Horses: Better Safe Than Sorry

September 01, 2004

But in horses, diarrhea--particularly persistent diarrhea in adult horses--is no laughing matter, and it's certainly not something you should keep to yourself. Because of direct consequences such as dehydration and malnutrition, as well as underlying... Read More

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New Bolton Center Accepting Emergency Cases

August 27, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals will accept equine emergency patients, beginning on Monday, Aug. 30. "We have completed the cleaning and refurbishing of additional barns and can now care for emergenc... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Continues Northward Drift

August 16, 2004

Worst Could be Over for Texas

Animal health officials say that the vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak in Texas appears to be winding down as of mid-August, but more than 150 infected animals have been detected in Texas, New Mexico,... Read More

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Anthrax in Texas

August 11, 2004

Anthrax had killed a cow, a kudu (a type of antelope), and a whitetail deer in Texas as of Aug. 10. Laboratory results confirmed the disease in the animals, which lived on three premises in Uvalde and Val Verde Counties in Southwest... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Case Counts Climb in Texas and New Mexico

August 01, 2004

Horses on nine sites in Texas and four premises in New Mexico have vesicular stomatitis (VS), a painful blistering disease of livestock such as horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and deer. Because of the findings, emergency VS regulations in Florida... Read More

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VS in Texas: Breeders' Cup Moving Ahead With Plans

August 01, 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 vesicular stomatitis (VS... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Regulation Planning Continues

July 26, 2004

Nine premises remain under quarantine in Texas due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), according to Max Coats, DVM, MSc, deputy director for Animal Health Programs for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). On July 13, Breeders' Cup, the TAHC, and... Read More

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Premises Quarantined in Three States Due to VS

July 22, 2004

Cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) continue to be detected in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, but the disease appears to be occurring at lower levels than in previous years' outbreaks. As of July 22, nine premises in Texas and 11 in New Mexico... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado

July 07, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed in three horses on two farms in Colorado, resulting in the quarantine of affected premises and transportation restrictions on Colorado livestock to two other states. One affected farm with two VS... Read More

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VS Detected in Colorado: Kentucky Embargoes and Bans Extended, Revised

July 06, 2004

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases have been found on three sites in Colorado. In response to these findings, Kentucky officials have prohibited entry of all livestock, wild, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado, New Mexico, and a... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Texas Cattle

July 02, 2004

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) authorities were notified that vesicular stomatitis (VS) had been confirmed in two head of cattle in Starr County, Texas, on June 29. These cases bring the total number of VS-affected premises in Texas... Read More

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Encephalitis: Many Causes, Deadly Outcome

July 01, 2004

Equine encephalitis has been around for a long time. Old-time horsemen simply referred to it as sleeping sickness. They knew that if a horse contracted it, the animal's prognosis was not great, and that if he did recover, his ability to perform... Read More

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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