Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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AAEP 2002: Infectious Disease/Epidemiology Sunrise Session

February 04, 2003

There was tremendous interest in and opportunity for information exchange on the topic of infectious diseases during the AAEP Convention. Early Friday morning, Maureen Long, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida, and... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Reproduction

February 04, 2003

The reproduction session at the annual AAEP meeting in Orlando, Fla., was something of an A to Z seminar with an international flavor. It started with speakers from North America presenting discussions on endometrial echotexture (ultrasound... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Surgery

February 04, 2003

The surgery session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention covered a variety of subjects that ranged from using a laser to cauterize displaced soft palates to administering butorphanol for 24 hours to ameliorate... Read More

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Pigeon Fever Update

February 03, 2003

There are hundreds of cases of pigeon fever each year in California, said Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, from his experience working at the University of California, Davis. Slovis, who currently is an internal medicine specialist at the... Read More

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KAEP Statement Regarding Kentucky Abortions

February 03, 2003

The statement below was released Feb. 2 by the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.

“Due to the increased surveillance of any equine abortions in the past two years, the Lexington Disease and Diagnostic Center (LDDC) has... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Kester News Hour

February 03, 2003

Probably the best-attended session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention, the Kester News Hour provides brief reports of studies that were too new or too brief to be included in the longer scientific... Read More

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Ohio EHV-1 Update: Two More Deaths

February 03, 2003

Equine Herpesvirus type 1 has claimed the lives of two more horses in the outbreak at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, bringing the total number of fatalities to 12. The two horses had been down and in critical condition at The... Read More

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The MRLS Mystery

February 01, 2003

MRLS touched us all, and some more than others; it broke not only the spirit, but the purse strings of many farms. We accumulated information on risk factors--from weather patterns, to host plants, to unusual insect populations, to time allowed expos... Read More

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Pasture Monitoring In Kentucky

February 01, 2003

A week following the Dec. 23 release of information about the University of Kentucky's pasture monitoring related to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), Jimmy Henning, PhD, extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky (UK)... Read More

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West Nile Virus Gets Endemic Disease Status; Fees Will be Charged for Some WNV Testing

February 01, 2003

Government veterinary officials recently designated West Nile virus (WNV) as an endemic disease in the United States. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) previously had considered WNV a Foreign... Read More

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2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention

February 01, 2003

Thousands of equine veterinarians visited Orlando, Fla., Dec. 4-8, 2002, with the health and welfare of their equine patients at heart. The annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) served up research... Read More

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CEM Exemptions Rescinded for Spanish Purebred Horses

February 01, 2003

Officials from the USDA's National Center for Import/Export recently rescinded a contagious equine metritis (CEM) exemption once given to Spanish purebred horses. The exemption allowed these horses to pass through the import center with an... Read More

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No Live Foal Guarantees

February 01, 2003

Subconsciously, you've been holding your breath for months. From the moment your mare was confirmed in foal, it's been a tense waiting game. And although she will be foaling soon, you know a healthy foal is still anything but a given. Between... Read More

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Wanted: ETC Egg Masses

January 31, 2003

The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture is seeking Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) egg masses from the Central Kentucky area. Egg masses that are viable will be partly or completely covered with a brownish coating and will not have... Read More

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Caterpillar Control

January 31, 2003

Because of the proposed link of the Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the Grayson/Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Kentucky held an informational session earlier today (Jan. 31) on... Read More

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Kentucky Industry Working On Computerized System To Spot Equine Health Problems

January 31, 2003

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) is working in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, horsemen, and veterinarians to develop a computer program that would help the equine industry detect health problems like mare reproductive... Read More

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Abortions Up In Central Kentucky; Signs Not Consistent With MRLS

January 31, 2003

The abortion rate in Central Kentucky is up from a year ago, but scientists aren't sure why there has been an increase.

"At this time, there is nothing that is fully consistent with MRLS (mare reproductive loss syndrome)," said Dr. Lenn... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Outbreak Resolving; Strain Might be Atypical

January 29, 2003

The worst is over in the unusual equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that led to the death of 10 horses and has affected the remaining equine population at the University of Findlay’s English riding facility in Findlay, Ohio, since Jan.... Read More

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Caterpillar Research Discussion Set for Jan. 31

January 28, 2003

A discussion of work being performed to help eradicate Eastern tent caterpillars will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale pavilion in Lexington, Ky., at 9 a.m. on Jan. 31.

University of Kentucky entomologist Dan Potter and his staf... Read More

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Ohio Disease Confirmed as Equine Herpesvirus Type-1

January 24, 2003

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) officials have reported that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of the respiratory and neurologic illness that has plagued University of Findlay horses since Jan.... Read More

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Care of Sick Horses in Ohio Outbreak

January 23, 2003

The battle against the paralyzing disease that hit the English riding facility at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio was lost for 10 horses, but is still being waged for the 22 others which have been affected neurologically (see article... Read More

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Ten Ohio Horses Dead; Possible Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

January 22, 2003

At least 10 horses have died or have been euthanized at the University of Findlay (UF) in Findlay, Ohio, after battling a respiratory and neurologic illness. Preliminary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests completed on tissue samples from... Read More

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Botulism's New Threat; Will Horses Have Vaccine?

January 17, 2003

Botulism is one of the most deadly toxins known to man or beast. During the Persian Gulf War, it was confirmed that Saddam Hussein had imported 39 tons of media capable of growing botulism and anthrax, and it was also learned that Hussein’s... Read More

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Safety of Comfrey

January 17, 2003

The following release was posted on the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) web site.

During the AAFCO Annual Meeting in August 2002, the Enforcement Strategy for Marketed Ingredients (ESMI) Working Group... Read More

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Determining Precise Link Between Tent Caterpillar and MRLS is Continuing Priority for Equine Industry

January 15, 2003

Leading Kentucky equine industry groups recently brought together 31 veterinarians and scientists for a "Think Tank" meeting to further the industry's knowledge about preventing future occurrences of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More