Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Rabies Vaccination Revisited

August 23, 2005

Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a comprehensive report detailing the number of reported rabies cases in 49 states and Puerto Rico. The most up-to-date report, which details 2003 cases, reveals that more... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Spreads

August 16, 2005

The USDA reported today (Aug. 16) that vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed for the first time during 2005 in Archuleta, Larimer, and Moffat Counties in Colorado; Taos County in New Mexico; Emery and Sevier Counties in Utah; and in Goshe... Read More

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New Vesicular Stomatitis Cases in Colorado and Utah

August 11, 2005

Colorado has added seven new equine vesicular stomatitis (VS) premises to its current count and two new bovine VS premises since the beginning of August, according to the USDA's latest VS Situation Report. The disease was reported on 22 new... Read More

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More VS in Colorado and Utah: Kentucky Embargoes Expanded

August 05, 2005

Information reported by the USDA indicates vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed for the first time this year in Rio Blanco County in Colorado, and Beaver, Carbon, and Salt Lake Counties in Utah.

With this information, The Kentuck... Read More

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Anthrax: Clarifying the Cloudy

August 01, 2005

For most Americans, anthrax was a little-known entity until four years ago, when the disease gained worldwide attention with the bioterrorism infection of 22 U.S. postal workers. Some people thought at the time that anthrax was caused by a newly... Read More

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Breaking News: Anthrax in Texas

August 01, 2005

Two ranches in Sutton County, Texas, had laboratory-confirmed cases of anthrax in horses, deer, and cattle on July 6. Tests on more cases are pending. More information: Read More

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New Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah VS Cases Prompt Embargo Extension

July 28, 2005

Information reported Monday afternoon (July 25) by the USDA indicates vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed for the first time this year in La Plata and Mesa counties in Colorado, Rio Arriba County in New Mexico, and Grand Count... Read More

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Anthrax in Livestock: Natural Occurrence or Terrorism?

July 22, 2005

Horse owners in most areas of the country would grow wide-eyed if they heard anthrax had been discovered in horses or other livestock in their region. On the other hand, individuals in the Great Plains (North Dakota to Texas) and Intermountain... Read More

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More Vesicular Stomatitis in Colorado

July 18, 2005

Another Colorado horse has tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) virus, according to an article in the Cortez Journal online. The 10-year-old Quarter Horse in Montezuma County was diagnosed with the illness July 14. An equine... Read More

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Anthrax in North Dakota

July 15, 2005

Eleven premises in southeastern North Dakota have had confirmed cases of anthrax this year in bison, cattle, and horses as of July 14. It's not uncommon to find anthrax in the state annually, but Beth Carlson, DVM, deputy state veterinarian for... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Delta County, Colorado

July 13, 2005

Colorado has become the fifth state in the country to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) this year. A six-year-old horse in Delta County tested positive for the disease, and the premise has been placed under... Read More

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Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

July 13, 2005

According to a July 12 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico, and San Juan and Uintah Counties in... Read More

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Anthrax Detected in Texas

July 06, 2005

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced today that ranches in Sutton County have laboratory-confirmed cases of anthrax in horses, deer, and cattle. Laboratory results are pending for several other sites in the county, where... Read More

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VS Outbreak Hits the Southwest

July 01, 2005

Texas on May 20 joined New Mexico and Arizona as states with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) this spring. Two Travis County horses were hauled home May 10 from a trail ride in Arizona, where they apparently were exposed to the VS virus... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Utah

June 20, 2005

On June 17, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in a horse on a premises in Garfield County, Utah. This is the first confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis in the... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for Utah VS Outbreak

June 20, 2005

With horses in both Davis county and Garfield county, Utah, having been diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 now prohibits the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into Kentucky... Read More

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VS Outbreak Hits Texas

May 23, 2005

On Friday, May 20, Texas joined New Mexico and Arizona as states with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) this spring. Two Travis County horses were hauled home May 10 from a trail ride in Arizona, where they apparently were exposed to... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for Arizona VS Outbreak

May 04, 2005

With the notification received yesterday evening that an equine animal residing on a single premise in Maricopa County, Arizona has been diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 will now... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Arizona

May 03, 2005

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in a horse on a premises in Maricopa County, Ariz. (Maricopa County is located in the south-central portion of the state and is home to Phoenix.) The owner of the 5-year-old gelding reported that the... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in New Mexico

April 28, 2005

On April 27, the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in horses at one premises in Grant County, N.M. This is the first confirmed case of vesicular... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for New Mexico VS Outbreaks

April 28, 2005

Kentucky officials have prohibited the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into the Commonealth from Grant County, N.M. Vesicular stomatitis was confirmed yesterday (April 27) in a horse in Grant County, and one other horse portrayed... Read More

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The Ever-Present Threat

April 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

West Nile virus (WNV) might be the new kid on the block, the one gaining all the media attention, but unfortunately, it is not the only... Read More

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R. Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

March 31, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of R. equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally, farms... Read More