Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases


Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

July 03, 2007

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal's body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a... Read More


Remember Rabies

July 01, 2007

There is no cure for rabies in man or animal, yet all mammals are susceptible. Since mid-June 2007, there have been reported cases of animal rabies in a number of states. To draw attention to the world-wide problem of rabies, the Centers for... Read More


Surge in Rabies Cases Reported in North Carolina

June 22, 2007

Responding to an increase in rabies cases, officials in North Carolina’s Mitchell and Yancey counties are advising residents to keep food and pets away from wild animals.

In the pas... Read More


R. equi Foal Pneumonia: Support for Research Sought

May 29, 2007

Infectious respiratory diseases constitute one of the major causes of death in the horse industry. In addition to the sorrow caused, they also are major economic threats. One of the most common diseases in foals six months and younger is... Read More


Rhode Island Equine Rabies: Movement Restrictions, Vaccines in Wake

May 03, 2007

Some horses are quarantined, and exposed horse owners are required to have prophylactic rabies shots, after a Portsmouth, R.I., horse died from rabies April 22.

According to State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, DVM, this was first... Read More


Rabies Confirmed in Rhode Island Horse

April 27, 2007

Tissue samples from a Portsmouth, R.I., horse that died last weekend have tested positive for rabies, the Warren Times reported.

According to th... Read More


Rabies in the United States and Puerto Rico, 2005

April 12, 2007

The 47 cases in horses and mules had increased from 43 in 2004 and included one case in Puerto Rico. Forty-nine states and Puerto Rico had cases of animal rabies.... Read More


Horse Rescued from Canyon Ravine

March 17, 2007

Volunteers rescued a horse that had fallen backwards into a southern Calfornia ravine on Mar. 16, according to reports from San Diego's ABC News 10 and Read More


AAEP Convention 2006: Medicine

March 01, 2007

Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

John... Read More


Rhodococcus equi

March 01, 2007

From the moment a newborn foal exits the warm fluid environment of its gestation and draws a first postpartum breath of air, it is exposed to millions of would-be invaders that would do it harm if not for the components of the foal's immune system,... Read More


Oral Rabies Vaccine to be Distributed by USDA in Florida

February 09, 2007

Wildlife Services, a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits across portions of west central Florida beginning on, or about Feb. 14, to prevent the... Read More


Maryland Agricultural Mediation Service Available

January 11, 2007

Farmers and others in the agricultural community who might be embroiled in nagging disputes with family members, neighbors, government agencies, or even lenders, can get a fresh start in the new year by trying mediation through the Maryland... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worsens

October 01, 2006

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


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


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