Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Rabies Confirmed in Virginia Miniature Horse

December 14, 2010

The Tazewell County Health Department received confirmation Dec. 9, 2010 that a Miniature Horse from North Tazewell, Va., tested positive for the rabies virus. This is the eighth confirmed case of animal rabies in Tazewell County this year and the... Read More

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Poll: Readers Guess Dogs as Likely Rabies Target

November 02, 2010

More than 930 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Which domestic animal do you think is most likely to contract rabies?" ... Read More

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Rabies in Horses: Exposure and Clinical Signs

November 02, 2010

What are the more common ways that a horse would contract rabies? What are the symptoms?... Read More

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The War On Microbes (Emerging Equine Diseases)

November 01, 2010

In the face of potentially disastrous global warming events, pathogenic microscopic organisms appear to be on a mission to impact the surviving species. Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites are rapidly adapting to... Read More

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Bayer Animal Health Legend of the Year Award

October 27, 2010

When it's late at night, your horse needs help, and you have nowhere to turn, is your veterinarian or veterinary technician the one you can count on? Does he or she consistently provide your horse with a standard of care that allows you a... Read More

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Signs and Management of Equine Metabolic Syndrome Webcast

October 20, 2010

The words "middle-aged, overweight, and sedentary" do not describe a healthy horse. They do, however, describe a growing number of horses. As the obesity epidemic spreads to the equine population, researchers are learning m... Read More

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My Horse Might Have Rabies ... What Now?

October 18, 2010

What should you do if you suspect that your horse has rabies? How should you handle him to keep from getting i... Read More

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Tips to Avoid a Dead Automobile Battery

October 14, 2010

"With fall moving steadily toward winter, this is the time of the year when weak batteries reveal themselves as the temperature drops," says Mark Cole, managing member for USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistanc... Read More

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Horse Trust Appeals For Donations to Cover $37,000 Hay Shortfall

September 15, 2010

Buckinghamshire charity The Horse Trust is facing an additional bill of $36,564 for hay and haylage this year due to a shortfall in production and the rising cost of hay. Last year, The Horse Trust was able to produce the majority of... Read More

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Rabies: Majority of Readers Take Precautions

September 14, 2010

More than 1,010 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "If you knew rabies had been found in wildlife in your area, would you vaccinate your horse for it?" ... Read More

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Respiration (in Horses) Through the Ages

September 01, 2010

Experts advise: When it comes to respiratory illness in horses, save the gambling for Vegas. Be aware of the major respiratory diseases that horses are susceptible to (commonly, heaves, Rhodococcus equi, and equine herpesvirus) and use preventive ... Read More

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Treating Systemic Fungal Infections With Better Options

August 22, 2010

There are more options today for treating systemic fungal infections in foals and horses, but owners should be prepared for a long haul--treatment takes a long time, it's expensive, and the infection can reoccur.... Read More

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Rabies Vaccination in Pregnant Mares

August 17, 2010

Q: Can you address off-label use of the rabies vaccine in late-term broodmares? My therio vet won't give it because it's off-label usage. So I arrange for another vet in her practice to vaccinate my late-term mares. I can't imagine my foals not... Read More

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Rabies: Louisiana Horse Owners Cautioned

July 15, 2010

Louisiana horse owners are being urged to get their animals vaccinated for rabies by the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter extension veterinarian. A horse in Jefferson Davis Parish ... Read More

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Foal Pneumonia Case Review

July 09, 2010

Foals, like other young animals, are especially susceptible to diseases. A review of necropsy cases over a one-year period at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center was conducted to determine common pathologic diagnoses ... Read More

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Rabies: Louisiana Mare Euthanized

July 02, 2010

Louisiana officials have confirmed that a horse was euthanized after coming into the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medice in Baton Rouge with clinical signs of rabies on June 28. The 6-year-old Thoroughbred mare was exhibiting... Read More

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VEE: Two Cases Reported in Panama

June 19, 2010

The Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian reports that during the second week in June, government officials in Panama reported two confirmed equine cases of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE). The report cited two deceased hors... Read More

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No New Cases of Vesicular Stomatitis Reported

June 10, 2010

Three horses all on a single premise in Cochise County, Ariz., remain the only horses in the country currently diagnosed with vesicular stomatitis (VS) virus. VS is a disease that causes blister-like lesions in the mouth and on the dental pad, ... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak in Arizona

June 05, 2010

The first cases of vesicular stomatitis this year were reported in three horses in Cochise County, Ariz. Vesicular stomatitis is sporadically occurring virus that causes blister-like lesions in the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils,... Read More

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Vaccination Basics For Horses

June 01, 2010

Vaccines are "cheap insurance" to protect your horses from more costly--and potentially deadly--diseases.... Read More

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Rabies: Florida Bobcat That Attacked Horse Tests Positive

May 27, 2010

A bobcat that scratched a horse last week in Florida has tested positive for rabies. The attack occurred on May 21 on Cherokee Street in Palm City. This is the first case of rabies in Martin county this year. Last year three animals tested posi... Read More

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Equine Rabies: Should You Be Concerned?

May 24, 2010

Rabies, an uncommon disease in Colorado, began a steep rise in the state starting in 2008. The first case in a horse was confirmed in Douglas county in 2009, and a sharp increase in the number of cases in skunks has been noted in 2010. Recently... Read More

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$600,000 Pledged to Equine Hendra Virus Vaccine Research

May 23, 2010

The state government of Queensland, Australia, along with the Australian federal government, has pledged $600,000 of funding towards research on a Hendra virus vaccine for horses, according to the Read More

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Hendra Case Confirmed in Queensland

May 21, 2010

One case of Hendra virus has been confirmed, while an exposed horse has tested negative for the disease in Queensland, Australia. Biosecurity Queensland confirmed the case May 20 and on May 21 reported initial negative tests for the second hors... Read More

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C. Gattii Fungus May Not Pose Serious Equine Threat

May 11, 2010

The fungus might not pose a serious threat to horses, according to researchers familiar with the situation. ... Read More