Recent News for Mare Care and Problems

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EVA Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

September 01, 2006

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center confirmed an EVA outbreak involving fetal... Read More

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MRLS Cases Confirmed in New Jersey

September 01, 2006

A horse farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in pastures where there was an abundance of Eastern tent caterpillars.

Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock... Read More

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EVA Outbreak and Vaccine Shortage Affecting Western U.S.

August 07, 2006

An outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) has resulted in quarantine restrictions in 18 states, with nine states reporting positive cases. A... Read More

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Predicting Mare Delivery Dates: The Eyes Have It

August 03, 2006

Thanks to a University of Pennsylvania study, owners of small ponies can now predict their pregnant mares' delivery dates simply by looking into their unborn foals' eyes. During a two-year project, researchers in the university's School of... Read More

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Information on Inducing Labor

August 01, 2006

I am searching for information or articles on induced parturition (labor). Is there any information published on this?... Read More

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Conference Stresses Disaster Planning and Large Animal Rescue

August 01, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hosted the 2006 National Conference on Animals in Disaster (NCAD) May 31-June 3 in Arlington, Va. A variety of animal rescue organizations sponsored the event, which was attended by more than 650... Read More

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Researchers Contemplate Role of Vesiviruses in MRLS

July 12, 2006

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers announced last month that they linked vesiviruses to abortions seen during Central Kentucky's bout with mare reproductive loss syndrome in 2001 and concluded that vesivirus-specific reagents should be... Read More

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MRLS and Vesiviruses?

July 01, 2006

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers announced on June 23 that they linked vesiviruses to abortions seen during Central Kentucky's bout with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001 and concluded that vesivirus-specific reagents shoul... Read More

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Equine Viral Arteritis Outbreak Reported in New Mexico

June 30, 2006

On June 26, the Office International des Epizooties (O.I.E.) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Read More

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MRLS Cases in New Jersey

June 30, 2006

A farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in fields where there were Eastern tent caterpillars. Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center fo... Read More

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One Kentucky MRLS Case

June 29, 2006

The University of Kentucky’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) has reported one confirmed case of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this year. The case was from a farm in Boyle County that reported to have caterpillars at that time... Read More

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Neurologic Herpes 24-Hour Test

June 27, 2006

A rapid (24-hour) test is now available to identify neuropathic strains of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). This means in the event of an outbreak of herpesvirus, or if a horse has neurologic signs of undetermined origin, a veterinarian can take a... Read More

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Vesiviruses and MRLS?

June 26, 2006

Oregon State University researchers have reported a link between vesiviruses, which can affect a wide variety of mammals, and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). University of Kentucky researchers studying MRLS are concerned the results of... Read More

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Oregon State Study Links Virus to 2001 Kentucky Abortions

June 23, 2006

Veterinary researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) announced today that they have linked a major abortion epidemic in Central Kentucky mares in 2001 to vesivirus infection. This marks the first time the virus has been... Read More

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Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More

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Equality or Survival

June 01, 2006

How can we help? That was the question asked over and over by myself, veterinarians, and other visitors as we helplessly walked by stall after stall of sick and injured working mules and donkeys at the hospital run by the Society for the Protection... Read More

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Florida Farms on Alert in Wake of Confirmed MRLS Case

June 01, 2006

About 200 people gathered at an April 6 meeting at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. pavilion in Ocala, Fla., for an update on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The syndrome is believed to be responsible for at least three equine deaths in... Read More

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West Virginia Tracks Lift Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

May 17, 2006

A horse that had displayed clinical signs of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was negative for the virus according to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the disease. This resulted in the lifting of an embargo imposed by the West Virginia... Read More

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West Virginia Tracks Issue Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

May 15, 2006

A suspected case of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has led two West Virginia racetracks to issue an embargo on any horses from a horse farm in Ohio.

According to the Wheeling (West Virginia) Intelligencer, officials at... Read More

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Herpesvirus Situation Ends in Maryland

May 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreaks in Maryland drew to a close on March 8, after the Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and an isolation barn at the Bowie Training... Read More

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Product Spotlight: Equine Vacations

May 01, 2006

A full-color catalogue of exotic destinations where you can gallop a horse through the surf, trot through fields of lavender, or Paso up a mountainside to catch your first glimpse of Macchu Pichu...it's fantasy-inducing. There's virtually no horse... Read More

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MRLS: Sharing Knowledge

May 01, 2006

You might think, "Well, I'm not a breeder, and I'm not in Florida, so why should I care about mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS)?" Because it's a great example of how an illness can pop up anywhere and take the residents by surprise. But,... Read More

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Decreasing Risk--Utilizing Industry-Based Standards of Care

April 12, 2006

Adverse animal health events do not occur randomly. Usually, there are identifiable causal--and possibly preventable--factors that can influence the development of disease. Depending upon whether the risk factors are already known or identified... Read More

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Commentary on Equine Herpesvirus

April 11, 2006

The recent outbreaks of paralytic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) infection at racetracks and training centers in Kentucky, Maryland, and Pennsylvania have illustrated the benefits of combining the old with the new. The old is the regular,... Read More

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Worldwide Disease Outbreaks

April 11, 2006

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks during the fourth quarter 2005.

Cases of abortion caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were reported from New South... Read More