Biosecurity

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Maryland Officials Distribute Biosecurity Information for Stable Operators

February 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture released the following tips on avoiding transmission of illness.

Keep your stable disease-free:

  • Limit traffic of incoming people who could have been exposed to germs elsewhere.... Read More

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Turfway Park's Barn 26 Released from Quarantine

January 20, 2006

The 48 horses stabled in Barn 26 at Turfway Park in Boone County, Ky., were released Jan. 19 from quarantine. Horses in Barns 26 and 27 were quarantined following a Dec. 21, 2005, outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at the track,... Read More

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Turfway Initiates Steps to Safeguard Against Spread of Equine Herpes

December 27, 2005

Barn 26, a 50-horse barn at Turfway Park, remains under quarantine after a 3-year-old filly who tested positive for the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was euthanized on Friday (Dec. 23). The Chuck Simon-trained filly, Coupe Aux Marrons, began... Read More

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Disease Control at Racetracks and Horse Events

July 05, 2005

The following guidelines may be implemented at equine facilities to prevent diseases from affecting an event and/or in the face of a disease outbreak. Disease control will be initiated at one of three levels; the federal government deals with... Read More

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Strangles Risk and Treatment

July 01, 2005

Strangles is hardly a new disease, having been recognized as a contagious bacterial problem in horses for centuries. Yet it still remains a troublesome and persistent issue, and it is identified worldwide. Research has been directed toward... Read More

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Principles of Disease Prevention

June 28, 2005

Editor's Note: This is Chapter 1 of Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by author and veterinarian Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. The book is available from Read More

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Methicillin-Resistant Staph Bacteria Passed From Humans to Horses

June 27, 2005

"What do animal diseases have to do with people?" posed Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, an associate professor at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College. "We are just one big global population with subsets," he answered. Wees... Read More

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MRSA Surveillance in Horses at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital

June 27, 2005

Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) upon arrival to a veterinary hospital is useful for detecting cases of the "superbug" early so affected horses can be isolated, said Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, a... Read More

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Hold Order Lifted at Maryland Horse Facility

June 15, 2005

On Saturday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) lifted the "Animal Hold Order" at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus situation since late March. The lifting of... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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R. Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

March 31, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of R. equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally, farms... Read More

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California Strangles Outbreak; At Least 60 Horses Affected

March 30, 2005

A strangles outbreak has placed a boarding stable in northern Los Angeles County, Calif., under quarantine, and more than 60 horses at the farm remain under close observation. The outbreak of the highly contagious upper respiratory disease cause... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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Strangles Guidelines Released to Public

February 24, 2005

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) recently released its consensus statement on guidelines for treatment, control, and prevention of strangles, which is caused by Streptococcus equi. The 12-page paper took abou... 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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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. The most recent treatment our vet recommended is soaking the feet in Epsom salts and packing them with iodine-soaked gauze. He's stalled when it's wet, and the stall is cleaned daily.... 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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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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Biosecurity in a Large Animal Hospital

August 27, 2004

The veterinary profession--like human medicine--is placing new emphasis on infectious disease prevention in patient facilities. Bradford P. Smith, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed this topic at the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM)... Read More

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Would You Drink It?

August 01, 2004

Have you ever taken a really good look at all of your horse's water sources, whether he is drinking from a large tank, pond, or automatic waterer? Have you asked yourself, "Would I drink this water? Do I really expect my horse to drink it?" If... Read More

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Salmonella Basics: What You Should Know

July 01, 2004

Clinically normal horses can shed Salmonella bacteria, especially when stressed. Reports on the percentage of horses shedding Salmonella have ranged from 1.5% to 64.5%, depending on whether the horse was hospitalized (higher... Read More

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New Bolton Center Update: Renovations Under Way

June 18, 2004

There is good news at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center large animal hospital--cultures have shown the Salmonellae infection that closed the hospital was limited in its scope, and work is proceeding quickly to renovate... Read More

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Salmonella In Central Kentucky

May 25, 2004

On May 8, a Central Kentucky equine hospital sent out letters to area clients, farm managers, and veterinarians notifying them that an increased number of salmonella cases had been detected at the clinic this year, and explaining the methods... Read More

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Chickens, Ducks, and Horses

May 01, 2004

Q: My horse is on a neighbor's land that is on loan. I pick up the pasture and run-in twice a day. My concern is that my neighbor bought over 100 different species of chickens and ducks that run free. They are constantly in my... Read More

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Oregon Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

September 19, 2003

In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been... Read More