Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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AAEP Convention 2005: Infectious Neurologic Disease

February 17, 2006

Sometimes subtle and often dramatic, infectious neurologic disease cases are things veterinarians never want to see, although most would like to understand them better and more easily recognize them when they appear in clients' horses. From... Read More

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Two VS Positive States Remain

December 14, 2005

The number of new vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases reported in the United States continued to decline during the Dec. 5-11 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service VS reporting period. One new equine VS-positive premises was identified in... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Premises Dwindling

November 28, 2005

According to the latest update from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Nov. 21, 35 premises in five states remain under vesicular stomatitis (VS) quarantine. Of those, 27 premises are on their 21-day countdowns for quarantine... Read More

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MSU Large Animal Critical Care Center Opens

November 11, 2005

A new critical care center for horses and other large animals at Michigan State University will help keep animals and people safe from infectious diseases, treat sick animals in state-of-the-art facilities, and help maintain the state of... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Wanes

November 10, 2005

Only 57 premises remain under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the United States today (Nov. 10), signaling that the disease continues to decline. Nearly 440 ranches and farms have reported outbreaks of the disease since April.... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Update

October 31, 2005

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) health officials confirmed six new cases of equine vesicular stomatitis (VS) in four western states (Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming) that are already under quarantine for the disease. The equine cases... Read More

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Vets Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

October 12, 2005

With water pooling in places that it normally doesn't and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in the reports of illnesses such as tetanus,... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Now in Five States

October 01, 2005

Montana and Wyoming have joined the list of states affected by vesicular stomatitis; cases were announced in mid-August in both states. They have 17 and 21 affected premises, respectively.

Utah tops the list of the states with the most... Read More

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Rabies Vaccination Revisited

October 01, 2005

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

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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Anthrax Flares Continue

October 01, 2005

Livestock anthrax cases are dispersed over Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and southern Manitoba, Canada. North Dakota is having a record year, with more than 300 cases since early July.

Minnesota has reported five anthrax... Read More

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Louis Pomes: Standing Strong in St. Bernard

September 28, 2005

"When the water started coming in, I know it was the one we'd been waiting for," recalled Louis Pomes quietly, leaning against his truck and surveying his battered lifelong hometown of St. Bernard Parish, La. He had been expecting a colossal... Read More

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Three Counties added to Kentucky VS Embargo

September 21, 2005

Cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) were confirmed for the first time this year in Routt County, Colo., Weber County, Utah, and Park County, Wyo., prompting the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to add these counties to the state’s... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

September 14, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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Kentucky Revises VS Embargo

September 13, 2005

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has revised its vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo on livestock (including horses) by adding Davis County, Utah and Moffat County, Colo., where additional cases of VS were reported during the first wee... Read More

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Breaking News: Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

September 01, 2005

According to a July 26 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include livestock (including horses), wild animals, and exotic animals from La Plata and Mesa... Read More

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North Dakota State Vet Modifies Waiver on Livestock Import Requirements

August 26, 2005

An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Montana, Wyoming and other states has led North Dakota's state veterinarian to modify a long-standing exemption allowing transport of livestock from a farm or ranch to an auction market without a healt... Read More

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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