Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak Officially Over

January 07, 2007

The Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) posted information on it's Web site that the vesicular stomatitis outbreak confirmed in August 2006 is now officially over.

 Information received... Read More

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Canada Import Restrictions on Wyoming Horses Might be Lifted

December 22, 2006

Wyoming has been certified as being free of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a viral disease that affects horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Following the discovery of the disease this summer, Canada had put import restrictions on horses and... Read More

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Pneumonia's Fatal Grip

December 01, 2006

Pneumonia is, simply put, inflammation of the lungs. It can be mild or life-threatening (and quickly fatal) depending on its cause and the age of the foal. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Many foals are susceptible to... Read More

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Nomination Criteria Announced for USEF's Heroes for Horses Award

November 22, 2006

The United States Equestrian Federation has announced the nomination criteria for its Heroes for Horses Award, to be presented at the 2007 Pegasus Awards, Jan. 12, in Louisville, Ky. The award will be presented for the second time.... Read More

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Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center Offering Acupuncture Services

October 22, 2006

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center has begun offering acupuncture to its patients.

The new service, which became available in September 2006, is being provided by Alison A. Smith, DVM, Dipl. ACVA, a clinical... Read More

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New HorseTV Series Features Equine Traditions Around the World

October 20, 2006

The new series debut of The Horsemen and world and U.S. premieres featuring top competitions and magazine series headline The HorseTV Channel's programming lineup in November.

The HorseTV Channel's new 20-episode series The... Read More

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Aggressive Coyotes Worry Connecticut Horse Owners

October 20, 2006

A yearling Quarter Horse sustained severe injuries Wednesday (Oct. 18) after being attacked by what is believed to be an aggressive pack of coyotes, reports NBC30, a... Read More

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Guelph Researchers Working on New R. Equi Vaccine

October 02, 2006

Canadian researchers are working to develop a more effective vaccine for Rhodococcus equi that they hope will protect foals as young as three weeks of age from the harmful bacterium.

Rhodococcus equi lives in the soil... Read More

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Internal Insights

October 01, 2006

Veterinary internal medicine is a growing specialty that boasts nearly 400 large animal internal medicine specialists, many of them focusing on horses. In a time when humans seek out experts in varying medical fields, it's only logical that we seek... Read More

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Equine VS Cases Confirmed in Wyoming

October 01, 2006

On Aug. 17, the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory announced the first confirmed U.S. case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in 2006. The primary case, a 10-year-old horse, is located near Casper in Natrona County. A second case was confirmed a few day... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worsens

October 01, 2006

An anthrax outbreak that has claimed 687 animals and caused 147 premises to be quarantined.... Read More

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Texas Places VS Restrictions on Horses Moving from Wyoming

September 28, 2006

Texas hunters or ranchers hauling horses or other livestock from Wyoming this fall should be aware of regulations affecting the animals' entry or re-entry into Texas, says Bob Hillman, DVM, head of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the... Read More

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Biosecurity and Salmonella

September 14, 2006

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore.... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Discussed

September 14, 2006

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterium in the soil that can travel to, and multiply within, the foal's lungs, causing a deadly pneumonia if it is not caught and treated early. Hines described the possibility of developing vaccines with genetic targets that... Read More

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Description of Rabid Horse Present at Celebration Released

September 11, 2006

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) with the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are notifying the approximately 150,000 persons who attended the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville of ... Read More

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Rabies Detected in Horse that Attended Celebration

September 09, 2006

A horse that was kept in stables at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn., last week tested positive for rabies, state health officials announced Friday night (Sept. 8).

The 3-year-old gelding from... Read More

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Five Premises Under VS Quarantine in Wyoming

September 08, 2006

The USDA has reported the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in nine horses on five premises in eastern Wyoming. Vesicular stomatitis, which normally moves up from the Southwest along waterways, has not appeared elsewhere in the country this... Read More

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Over the Northern Border

September 01, 2006

In this month's issue of The Horse, certain parts of the Canadian horse industry are highlighted. While the industry is smaller in total horse numbers when compared to the U.S. horse population, it is no less active.

Changes to certain... Read More

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Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More

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Florida Increases Import Restrictions on Livestock from VS States

August 21, 2006

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced to the state's practitioners on Aug. 18 that it has modified livestock import restrictions due to the recent detection of vesicular stomatitis... Read More

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MAF Holiday Cards to Benefit Animal Health Research

August 18, 2006

Already the leader in private funding of research to protect, treat, and cure companion animals and wildlife, Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will raise the bar yet again in 2007 with new initiatives in canine and equine health. This year's... Read More

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Second Anthrax Case in South Dakota

August 18, 2006

On Aug. 16, the South Dakota state veterinary office confirmed the state's second case of anthrax this year. As a result of the outbreak, three beef cows that were part of a herd of 51 unvaccinated cows died in Lincoln County. An earlier outbrea... Read More

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Kentucky Embargos Wyoming VS County

August 18, 2006

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office today (Aug. 18) placed an embargo on Natrona County in Wyoming due to the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS). A release this afternoon stated:

"With the notification that vesicular stomatitis... Read More

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One Confirmed Case, Additional Suspect Cases of VS in Wyoming

August 18, 2006

Yesterday (Aug. 17), the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory posted a USDA release on its web site announcing the first confirmed U.S. case of vesicular stomatitis in 2006. The case, a 10-year-old horse, is located near Casper in Natrona County.... Read More

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Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worsens

August 13, 2006

An anthrax outbreak that began in early July has claimed 637 animals and caused 134 premises to be quarantined in Saskatchewan, Canada, as of Aug. 10, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The outbreak is the largest on record... Read More