Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Neurologic Signs the First Indicator for Kansas Rabies Case

June 05, 2009

The Kansas equine recently confirmed positive for rabies first presented with lameness in the right forelimb, according to attending veterinarian David Salava, DVM, of the Salava... Read More

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Becoming 'Equitarians'

June 01, 2009

What exactly is an "equitarian," you ask? Since I'm a descendant of the dictionary family and, thus, "empowered" to make up my own definitions, I'll explain: An equitarian is one whose only reward for providing medical or humane services to needy... Read More

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Remember Rabies Vaccination Before Attending Horse Shows

June 01, 2009

Before you hit the show circuit this season, be sure to do your part to keep horses, other animals, and competitors safe by including a rabies vaccination at your pre-event health exam. Vaccinations can do more than just help horses--they can... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: ¡Rabia!

May 19, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Kee... Read More

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Vets Discuss Infectious Neurologic Diseases, AAEP 2008

May 10, 2009

What are the most important neurologic problems veterinarians face throughout the year? That's the question Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University and professor of equine... Read More

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Building Immunity

May 01, 2009

The foal’s immune system is almost a blank slate at birth; researchers are figuring out how to best protect horses as they grow.

The process of building immunity against disease-causing pathogens for a horse begins with a... Read More

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Keeping Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis 'Foreign'

April 23, 2009

Most horse owners are familiar with Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, if only through the statement they receive from their veterinarian following their horses' annual vaccinations. But there's another "EE" that, while... Read More

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Table Topic: Infectious Disease

April 14, 2009

Several topics were discussed at the infectious diseases table topic at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in San Diego, Calif. Bonnie Barr, VMD, from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and Josie... Read More

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FAEP 2008 Symposium

April 01, 2009

Laminitis, corneal ulcers, and R. equi were among the topics veterinarians and researchers discussed at a conference in the Caribbean.

Thirteen presenters took to the podium, covering lameness, reproduction, and medicine... Read More

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Report: Hyperimmune Plasma Not Effective for R. equi

March 19, 2009

The administration of hyperimmune plasma to foals is costly, time-consuming, potentially risky, and does not appear to decrease the occurrence of Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, reported Siobhan McAuliffe, MVB, Dipl. ACVIM, head veterinarian... Read More

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Immunostimulants for Foals

March 04, 2009

A product that could stimulate the immune systems of newborn foals to better fight infection of Rhodococcus equi would be very beneficial, said Steeve Giguère, DVM, PhD, of the University of Florida, at the 2008 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Rabid Horse Found in Kentucky

February 12, 2009

A horse in the Hamilton Lane/North Yarnallton Pike area of Lexington, Ky., has tested positive for rabies, according to a statement from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Department Spokesman Kevin Hall said the Thoroughbred... Read More

Your veterinarian will help create a vaccination plan to keep your horse's immune system strong. What's right for your horse depends on his age, health history, and exposure to other animals, as well as your location.

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Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 01, 2009

Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi: Saskatchewan Researchers Accept the Challenge

November 03, 2008

Ask Marianela Lopez, DVM, PhD, how long she has been studying Rhodococcus bacteria and she says, laughing, "Since I was born? Well, truthfully, since I began my PhD at Washington State University in 1996--it does seem a lifetime ago."... Read More

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Livestock Rabies Can Take Many Forms

October 30, 2008

Most U.S. states reported a large animal rabies case from 2002 to 2006. However, there are eight states that reported more than 41 reported cases of rabies in horses, cattle or sheep: Texas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska,... Read More

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Horse Diseases and Humans

September 01, 2008

What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you'll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the... Read More

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Rabies Has Many Faces

September 01, 2008

Rabies. The word conjures up chilling images from old movies: a snarling dog, foaming at the mouth, attacking anything that moves. But did you know horses are very susceptible to this disease?

Skunks, foxes, bats, and raccoons are the main wil... Read More

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Beware of Rabies

September 01, 2008

There is absolutely no reason for a horse owner not to vaccinate a horse against rabies.

Numerous states already this year have reported rabies in a variety of domestic and wildlife species. Horses get rabies. Humans get... Read More

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No Decision Yet on Second Recovered Hendra Horse

August 26, 2008

No decision has been made about the fate of a horse near Proserpine, which appears to have recovered after contracting Hendra virus.

Biosecurity Queensland's Chief Veterinary Officer Ron Glanville BSc, BVSc, MVS, said initial tests revealed... Read More

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Rabies Diagnosed in Horse at Missouri State Fair

August 23, 2008

The Missouri health department says one of the horses shown at the state fair has died from rabies.
  
The horse was noticed to be sick Aug. 17 and died two days later. It was shown in the Saddlebred Show and stabled in Barn C.... Read More

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Horses and Human Die in Australia Hendra Outbreak; Government Comes Under Fire

August 23, 2008

There have been calls for an inquiry about the recent hendra outbreak in Australia that has resulted in the death of five horses and one human, according to an article on news.com.au.

Veterinarian Ben... Read More

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Equine Veterinarian Dies of Hendra Virus

August 21, 2008

One of the two equine hospital staff workers hospitalized with Hendra virus in Australia has died. Veterinarian Ben Cunneen, BVSc, died Wednesday. He had contracted Hendra virus from a horse hospitalized at the Redlands Veterinary Clinic on the... Read More

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Merial Joins World Rabies Day Alliance

August 20, 2008

For its second year, Merial will partner with international rabies experts to acknowledge World Rabies Day on September 28, 2008. A global effort that raises awareness in support of animal and human rabies prevention, World Rabies Da... Read More

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World Rabies Day Coordinates Events, Raises Awareness

August 20, 2008

On Sept. 28, the world is again joining together to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention. Rabies is the oldest and deadliest disease known to mankind.

Led by the Alliance for Rabies Control... Read More

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Equine Rabies Case Confirmed in Kentucky

August 05, 2008

Kentucky Public Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a horse in Pulaski County. According to Michael Auslander, DVM, MSPH, state public health veterinarian with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the infected... Read More