Vaccinations

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Merck, Schering-Plough Complete Merge

November 06, 2009

Merck & Co. Inc. has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation.

"With our merger now complete, we are ready to deliver on the promise of a new Merck built on ... Read More

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Boehringer Ingelheim to Acquire Some Fort Dodge Equine Products

November 03, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical group of companies, together with its U.S. animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., has closed its deal with Pfizer to acquire a significant portion of the Fort Dodge Animal... Read More

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Understanding Antibody Titers

October 20, 2009

One of the most often used and least understood immunological terms is antibody titer. But what does titer mean, and how can this information be used in assessing the immune status of a horse?

A titer is defined as the... Read More

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Free Rabies Vaccines for Some Rescue Horses

October 05, 2009

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health plans to donate 7,250 doses of EquiRab rabies vaccine to the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) in honor of World Rabies... Read More

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AAEP: Vaccinate Horses to Prevent Rabies

September 22, 2009

When a horse is infected with rabies, the outcome is invariably fatal. But taking the simple step of ensuring an annual vaccination for your horse will nearly eliminate your horse’s risk of contracting this deadly disease.

In observation of... Read More

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North Dakota Urges Livestock Anthrax Prevention

September 21, 2009

Livestock producers in areas with a history of anthrax cases should take measures to protect their animals from the disease, North Dakota animal health officials advise.

"We have just received confirmation of a case of anthrax in cattle... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Horse Diseases Update

September 06, 2009

Many equine health professionals are worried that because of the economic recession that's lasted more than a year, many horses are either not vaccinated or are under-vaccinated to protect them agasint common diseases.

According to the... Read More

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Mosquito-Borne Equine Diseases Prevalent on Both Coasts

September 03, 2009

As of Aug. 25, Florida led the United States in the number of documented equine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease with mortality rates of around 90% in horses. Washington state officials had confirmed the most... Read More

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Maine Reports Five EEE Horse Deaths, Three Suspect

September 03, 2009

Five horses in Maine have died of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and animal health authorities are waiting on test results of another three "suspicious" cases, reported the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (Maine CDC)... Read More

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West Nile Virus: Washington Reports Highest Number of Cases

August 24, 2009

West Nile virus cases are popping up across the country, with Washington state reporting the highest number of equine cases.

As of Aug. 19, Washington animal health authorities had reported 12 equine cases. Other states reporting cases... Read More

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Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Might Offer Some WNV Protection

August 18, 2009

Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis might mitigate West Nile virus (WNV) infection in some horses, said a group of researchers from Japan's National Institute of Animal Health... Read More

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Europe Closing The Gap with New Vaccine Technology

August 10, 2009

A novel equine influenza vaccine using a specialized second generation ISCOM-Matrix adjuvant has resulted in a product that is not only safe and effective, but also capable of closing the so-called "immunity gap," reported researchers from... Read More

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WNV Reality Check!

July 30, 2009

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EEE Reports Prompt Horse Vaccination Push

July 27, 2009

Recent reports of several horses dying from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) serve as a reminder that horse owners should make sure their horses are vaccinated.

"We've always recommended that horse owners in Oklahoma vaccinate for it as a... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Vaccine a Work in Progress

July 15, 2009

North America is free of the African horse sickness virus, yet this disease poses an important threat should an infected horse or a biting midge that harbors the virus be introduced.

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New Strangles Vaccine Research in Progress

July 06, 2009

There are about 150,000 horses in Montana, about one-sixth the number of people living in the state. Whether they are used for pleasure riding, racing, ranching, or hunting, all of these horses are susceptible to strangles.

"Most horses wil... Read More

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EEE, WEE, and VEE (Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis)

July 01, 2009

Eastern, Western, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis can be deadly, but they also can be prevented.

Author’s Note: My grandfather and his neighbors in southern Idaho lost several work horses to "brain... Read More

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Core Vaccines Protect Horse Health, Vet Reminds

June 29, 2009

This summer's warmer weather has horse owners out riding, tending to foals, and heading to shows and other activities. In the midst of it all, a Kansas State University veterinarian is reminding owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated.... Read More

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Botulism in Horses: A Deadly Disease

June 25, 2009

Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the... Read More

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Foal Immune Responses after WNV Vaccination, AAEP 2008

June 21, 2009

Vaccinating 5-month-old foals with a single dose of West Nile virus chimeric vaccine in the presence of maternal antibodies to West Nile virus does induce a cell-mediated response (in the foal). ... Read More

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Poll: Majority of TheHorse.com Readers Vaccinate Against WNV

June 19, 2009

More than 1,270 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you vaccinate for West Nile virus annually?"

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Rabies Danger, Exposure Cost Reinforce Equine Vaccination Need

June 07, 2009

Rabies is a rhabdovirus that has been a human threat since antiquity. The virus is capable of infecting all warm-blooded animals with some variation in susceptibility. Rabies is considered 100% fatal to the infected host. However, in order for... Read More

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Remember Rabies Vaccination Before Attending Horse Shows

June 01, 2009

Before you hit the show circuit this season, be sure to do your part to keep horses, other animals, and competitors safe by including a rabies vaccination at your pre-event health exam. Vaccinations can do more than just help horses--they can... Read More

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New Cloning Technology Might Mean Improved EHV Vaccines

May 19, 2009

Japanese researchers recently reported the use of the technology "Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) cloning," which enabled the scientists to clone the entire genome of a virus in bacteria.

The technique could be used to mas... Read More