Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases


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


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


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


USDA Working to Reduce Wildlife Rabies

August 09, 2006

The Unites States Department of Agriculture is dropping bait cubes laced with oral rabies vaccine throughout Appalachian states in an attempt to slow the spread of raccoon-strain rabies in the wild and... Read More


Anthrax Reported in Texas

July 24, 2006

It's the same song, yet another verse for naturally-occurring anthrax cases in livestock and wildlife in Val Verde and Read More


Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worst on Record

July 13, 2006

Saskatchewan, Canada, is experiencing its worst anthrax year on record. Animal health authorities have quarantined more than 28 premises in Saskatchewan for suspected anthrax contamination and have deemed 113 cattle deaths suspicious as of July... Read More


Michigan Experiencing Surge in Terrestrial Rabies Cases

June 30, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health’s Bureau of Laboratories has detected a total of 23 cases of rabies out of 986 animals tested through June 26, 2006. These include 18 bats, four horses, and one skunk. Over the same time period in 2005... Read More


Australian Vets Urge Precautions Against Hendra Virus

June 29, 2006

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is urging horse owners in south east Queensland to keep feed and water under cover and to stable horses overnight where possible, following the identification of Hendra virus in a horse on the Sunshine... Read More


North Dakota Logs First Anthrax Cases of 2006

June 28, 2006

(edited press release)

Two head of cattle have died of anthrax, the first cases of the disease reported in North Dakota this year. "This is a warning for North Dakota producers to talk with their veterinarians about having thei... Read More


Rabies Vaccine Recall Shouldn't Affect Horses

June 16, 2006

Vaccine manufacturer Fort Dodge Animal Health recalled about 330,000 doses of rabies vaccine recently after a vaccinated dog became ill with rabies. Horses are not likely affected by the recall.

"It's a product that's labeled for equine... Read More


Equine Rabies Cases Reported in Michigan

May 24, 2006

Horse Owners Reminded to Take Precautions


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Critical Care In the Field

April 01, 2006

How does your veterinarian keep up with what is best for your horses? By attending continuing education that covers areas of interest and provides him with lectures and one-on-one time with experts in various fields. Each year, Hagyard Equine... Read More


African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

March 20, 2006

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of AHS in the George area.... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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