Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Surgery for Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate

January 31, 2004

Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) occurs when the palate partially obstructs the airway by becoming displaced on top of the epiglottis. This obstruction can affect breathing, especially during intense exercise.... Read More

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Breeding The High-Risk Mare

January 31, 2004

With advances in modern veterinary medicine happening all of the time, the practitioners agreed that management of high-risk mares is becoming easier, and the probability of a healthy foal is increasing.... Read More

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Reproduction/Perinatology Forum at AAEP 2003

January 31, 2004

Veterinarians interested in reproduction and perinatology (the foal immediately after birth) crowded into the Reproduction/Perinatology Forum at the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners' convention to discuss mare reproductive loss... Read More

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Kentucky Pasture Monitoring Programs

January 22, 2004

Comparing pasture samples from 2002 and 2003 didn't associate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) with anything other than the Eastern tent caterpillar. However, Wayne Long, MS, of the University of Kentucky's (UK) Department of Agronomy,... Read More

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Residual Effects of WNV More Than Anticipated

January 21, 2004

Horse owners should be vigilant about having equine survivors of West Nile virus (WNV) re-examined by their veterinarians before putting the animals back into work. In a study of Minnesota horses which survived clinical WNV can make the horse... Read More

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USDA Instituting New Blood Test for Equine Piroplasmosis

January 19, 2004

Effective Feb. 1, 2004, the USDA will institute a new blood test for determining the equine piroplasmosis status of horses upon entry into the United States.

The competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (CELISA) is more sensitive... Read More

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Comments Sought on Equine Viral Arteritis: Uniformed Methods and Rules

January 19, 2004

The American Horse Council (AHC) has been asked to share the Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA): Uniformed Methods and Rules (UM&R) created by the USDA.

There is a brief period for review and comment and the AHC asks that you click Read More

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South African Racing Loses to Equine Flu

January 15, 2004

The 1986 equine influenza outbreak in South Africa virtually halted racing in some parts of the country. Last month, equine flu again reared its ugly and contagious head, causing cancellation of races at several top tracks and forcing quarantine... Read More

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Improved Diagnostics for the Upper Airway

January 14, 2004

"Endoscopy is the primary diagnostic tool for evaluation of the upper airway of the horse," said Brett Woodie, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, at the clinic's annual client education seminar held Jan. 5 in Lexington, Ky.... Read More

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Increase In Leptospirosis Reported In Kentucky

January 14, 2004

Leptospirosis, often called just "lepto," can cause flu-like illness in horses that sometimes results in abortion or uveitis (moon blindness). In Kentucky, there seems to be a cyclic pattern to abortions caused by leptospirosis. In 2001, there... Read More

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Funding Sought for Reproductive Research

January 12, 2004

When mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) struck in 2001, the industry was scared and demanding answers. Nearly 3,000 of that year's pregnancies were lost, some horses were diagnosed with heart and eye problems, and no one could figure out wha... Read More

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MRLS Experiment Rundown

January 07, 2004

A meeting at Keeneland racetrack for a select group from local Thoroughbred breeding farms on Jan. 6 offered a wrap-up of the six experiments done by researchers at the University of Kentucky pertaining to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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Merial Introduces Next Generation Equine West Nile Virus Vaccine

January 06, 2004

Merial announced today the release of a new equine vaccine--RECOMBITEK Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccine. The recent USDA approval of RECOMBITEK Equine West Nile Virus vaccine offers veterinarians a first-of-its-kind product backed by... Read More

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MRLS: We Need To Know More

January 06, 2004

“In the final analysis, we do not understand this disease,” said Bruce Webb, PhD, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky who has been a leading researcher into the problem of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).

Webb and... Read More

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Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

January 01, 2004

Congestive heart failure is a term describing a group of clinical signs that develop as a result of other cardiac diseases. As the name implies, equine congestive heart failure is generally an endpoint of disease, and it is considered rare in... Read More

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Tell-Tale Signs of West Nile Virus

January 01, 2004

Unfortunately, clinical signs of West Nile virus (WNV) aren't unique, making it difficult for practitioners to suspect WNV above other neurologic diseases. For this reason, researchers from the University of Florida set out to closely scrutinize... Read More

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New EPM Treatment Approved

January 01, 2004

On Nov. 19 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Navigator for treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). This drug has been under development for more than six years.

IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine, received... Read More

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New Vaccine for WNV Awaits Approval

January 01, 2004

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine recombinant canarypox vaccine awaits USDA approval, and once available, could pave the way for a new generation of equine vaccines in the United States. Merial developed this Recombitek equine WNV technology,... Read More

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Rapid Testing for West Nile Virus

January 01, 2004

By the 2003 West Nile virus (WNV) season, a majority of state laboratories had obtained (or were establishing) the capacity to run the IgM Capture ELISA, the most common quick test for the disease. The test measures a class of antibody produced... Read More

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The Goal is a Foal

January 01, 2004

If your broodmare or stallion is having reproductive problems, you might need a specialist to figure out what's wrong. And that specialist might use knowledge gained from the annual conference of the Society for Theriogenology held in Columbus,... Read More

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The Future of Horses with HYPP

December 30, 2003

Letter to the Editor:

This letter must begin by saying how proud I am of a man whom I have never met.  His name is Steve Stevens of Houston, TX, the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).  Mr.... Read More

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New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Approved

December 24, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and can be seen by clicking here.

A new West Nile virus (WNV)... Read More

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West Nile Virus Structure Described

December 15, 2003

Using cryoelectron microscopy and advanced imaging techniques, the Purdue team has determined the orientation of the major surface proteins in a West Nile viral particle.... Read More

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Kentucky Equine WNV Cases Drop in 2003

December 15, 2003

Cases of West Nile virus (WNV)in Kentucky equine declined dramatically in 2003 compared with the previous year, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture reported.

The KDA said 102 Kentucky equids were confirmed with WNV  this... Read More

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Equine Placenta Workshop: Placentitis

December 12, 2003

Mats Troedsson, DVM, Dipl. ACT, University of Florida (with co-author Walter Zent, DVM, of Lexington, Ky.), discussed clinical ultrasound in evaluation of the equine placenta to identify and treat mares with placentitis. He said placentitis is a... Read More