Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Update on Rabies in Illinois

March 03, 2005

Illinois agriculture and health officials reported in early January that a LaSalle County horse tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Agriculture laboratory in Galesburg on Dec. 10, 2004. Eleven people received preventive... Read More

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VS Embargoes Lifted

March 03, 2005

New Mexico and Colorado have been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Neither state is experiencing active cases of VS and there are no premises currently under quarantine as a result of past infection.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Medicine/Treatments

March 03, 2005

Equine Malignant Hyperthermia

We've all heard of people and animals that are "sensitive" to anesthesia. Monica Aleman, MVZ, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, head of the neuromuscular disease lab at the University of California, Davis, reported on a... Read More

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Salmonella Outbreaks and Prevention

February 14, 2005

What impact can a salmonella outbreak at a veterinary hospital and what can be done to prevent it? As part of a study to determine what could be done to cut down on the harmful bacteria, a footbath for workers was compared to disinfectant misting... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Research

February 13, 2005

Rhodococcus equi is the most common cause of severe pneumonia in foals. However, despite intensive research, the reasons some foals get this pneumonia and some don't are not known.... Read More

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Saddlebred Exhumation Under Way

February 02, 2005

The much anticipated court-ordered exhumation of the body of champion Saddlebred Wild Eyed and Wicked began this morning under gray skies and amidst chilling temperatures at Double D Ranch near Versailles, Ky. Wicked was one of five top American... Read More

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Vaccination Essentials: Rabies, Tetanus, and Botulism

February 01, 2005

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

Ask veterinarians anywhere in North America and they'll likely agree: If you vaccinate for nothing else, at the very least vaccinate... Read More

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Second Domestic Animal in Illinois Dies of Rabies

January 26, 2005

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's animal disease lab in Galesburg has confirmed that a cow owned by an eastern Bureau County resident tested positive for rabies on Jan. 13, the second domestic animal to be euthanized due to this disease i... Read More

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Kentucky Lifts Last of Vesicular Stomatitis Bans

January 25, 2005

Kentucky state veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted an embargo last week on the importation of livestock, wild animals, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado. This embargo had been enacted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), and it... Read More

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New Mexico VS Embargo Lifted

January 14, 2005

New Mexico has been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, wrote the following in a letter to New Mexico's state veterinarian posted on the Kentucky Departmen... Read More

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Rabies Detected in an Illinois Horse

January 06, 2005

Illinois agriculture and health officials announced last week that a LaSalle County horse tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) laboratory in Galesburg on Dec. 10, 2004. Eleven people received preventive... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

December 01, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no livestock restrictions due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease thought to be transmitted by sand flies and black flies that appears every few years in the Southwest. Sick livestock... Read More

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Rabies in Kentucky--2003 and 2004

November 12, 2004

In 2003, The Kentucky Department for Public Health Division of Laboratory Services and the Breathitt Veterinary Center received 1,217 animal specimens from Kentucky counties for rabies testing. There were 52 (4.3%) samples unsuitable for testing... Read More

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Kentucky VS Embargo Update

October 20, 2004

From the Kentucky Department of Agriculture:

Since Texas has been been removed from the list of vesicular stomatitis-affected states, Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115E now prohibits the entry of all livestock... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

October 20, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no animals or herds restricted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease that can temporarily debilitate affected equine animals, cattle, goats, deer, swine, or other susceptible... Read More

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New Bolton's Widener Hospital Reopens

October 01, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals began accepting equine emergency patients on Aug. 30. The hospital reopened on Aug. 2 for outpatients and scheduled elective surgeries. The hospital, located at New... Read More

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Control of Infectious Diseases in Vet Hospitals

September 13, 2004

Infectious disease outbreaks that occur in veterinary hospitals (nosocomial outbreaks) can present an overwhelming challenge to veterinary personnel, and they are often events that incite a greater awareness and concern for routine infection... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes and Bans Extended, Revised

September 01, 2004

In response to the detection of vesicular stomatitis (VS), Kentucky officials have prohibited entry of horses and some other species into Kentucky from Colorado, New Mexico, and part of Texas. (New Mexico had horses on 35 premises under VS... Read More

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VS Regulation Planning Continues

September 01, 2004

Nine premises remain under quarantine in Texas due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), says Max Coats, DVM, MSc, deputy director for Animal Health Programs for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). In mid-July, the TAHC, Breeders' Cup, and other... Read More

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Diarrhea in Adult Horses: Better Safe Than Sorry

September 01, 2004

But in horses, diarrhea--particularly persistent diarrhea in adult horses--is no laughing matter, and it's certainly not something you should keep to yourself. Because of direct consequences such as dehydration and malnutrition, as well as underlying... Read More

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New Bolton Center Accepting Emergency Cases

August 27, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals will accept equine emergency patients, beginning on Monday, Aug. 30. "We have completed the cleaning and refurbishing of additional barns and can now care for emergenc... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Continues Northward Drift

August 16, 2004

Worst Could be Over for Texas

Animal health officials say that the vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak in Texas appears to be winding down as of mid-August, but more than 150 infected animals have been detected in Texas, New Mexico,... Read More

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Anthrax in Texas

August 11, 2004

Anthrax had killed a cow, a kudu (a type of antelope), and a whitetail deer in Texas as of Aug. 10. Laboratory results confirmed the disease in the animals, which lived on three premises in Uvalde and Val Verde Counties in Southwest... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Case Counts Climb in Texas and New Mexico

August 01, 2004

Horses on nine sites in Texas and four premises in New Mexico have vesicular stomatitis (VS), a painful blistering disease of livestock such as horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and deer. Because of the findings, emergency VS regulations in Florida... Read More

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VS in Texas: Breeders' Cup Moving Ahead With Plans

August 01, 2004

Breeders' Cup, which has plans to set up a "disease-free zone" to allow horses to ship in and out of Lone Star Park, is moving full-steam ahead with preparations for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships even as a vesicular stomatitis (VS... Read More