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Herpesvirus Breakthrough

July 01, 2005

Preliminary research on equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) from Cornell University indicates that the commercial vaccine containing modified live virus (Rhinomune) appears to be more effective in preventing infection than killed... Read More

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EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed at Churchill Downs

July 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs in mid-May. Three barns remained under quarantine until horses in those barns met requirements by May 24 to begi... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Outbreak

July 01, 2005

As of May 26, there are no new clinical equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases among horses at the Columbia Horse Center in Maryland. The facility has been handling an outbreak of the neurologic form of the virus since late... Read More

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VS Outbreak Hits the Southwest

July 01, 2005

Texas on May 20 joined New Mexico and Arizona as states with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) this spring. Two Travis County horses were hauled home May 10 from a trail ride in Arizona, where they apparently were exposed to the VS virus... Read More

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Foot and Mouth Disease Confirmed in China

July 01, 2005

Confirmed in China

On May 26, China's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Beijing, Xinjiang, and Hebei.

While horses cannot be infected by FMD, they can carry the virus on their... Read More

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Whisper Syndrome Update: Titer Results Inconclusive

July 01, 2005

A treating vet in Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board as "Whisper Syndrome" (for background information, see Read More

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Gastric Ulcer Research in Racehorses

July 01, 2005

Two articles on the use of omeprazole paste (Merial's GastroGard) in racehorses were published in the May 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The first study looked at using omeprazole paste to... Read More

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Treatment of Equine Heart Arrhythmia

July 01, 2005

Human defibrillators are being used successfully to treat horses with irregular heartbeats (fibrillation). Kim McGurrin, DVM, a graduate student at the University of Guelph's College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a procedure as part of her... Read More

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Ad-Painted Horse Causes Welfare Warning

July 01, 2005

Not many people think of using their horses as painted billboards, and the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says you shouldn't. At least, they say, not with regular paint, as it could harm the horse. According to a story on... Read More

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Memorial Service Set for Slain Saddlebred

July 01, 2005

A memorial service for Wild Eyed & Wicked will be held on July 10 at 4 pm at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP), where his remains will be reburied. The service will be hosted by Wicked's owners, Joe and Sally Jackson, and the KHP. Wicked wa... Read More

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Wild Horse Amendment Passes House

July 01, 2005

Wild horses and burros that are eligible for slaughter had a victory on May 19 when the appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior 2006 budget (H.R. 2361) passed the House of Representatives.

Among hundreds of lines of text... Read More

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Roping Horse Lameness

June 30, 2005

A study from Texas A&M University (TAMU) on roping horses determined, "Horses used for heading were most commonly affected by lameness in the right forelimb. Horses used for heeling had more bilateral hind limb lameness than horses used... Read More

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Study: Horse Industry Produces $102B in Spending

June 28, 2005

The horse industry in the United States contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact and generates about $102 billion in total spending, according to a detailed economic impact study released June 28.

The Economic Impact of the... Read More

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Hosts Large-Animal Rescue Training

June 28, 2005

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will once again offer an extensive three-day training course on August 8-10, 2005, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This training is designed to educate first responders such as firefighters, police... 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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Morris Animal Foundation Hosts Equine Consortium Summit

June 28, 2005

Morris Animal Foundation, the world's largest private funding source for companion animal and wildlife health studies, gathered some of the nation's top authorities in equine research to pinpoint equine health priorities and address the... Read More

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Responsible Needle Disposal

June 27, 2005

The implications of improperly disposed needles can be staggering. Not only can a nasty puncture wound to humans, pets and wildlife be incurred, in doing so, these needles can carry dangerous vaccines, medications, pathogens and antibiotics into the ... Read More

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C. Immitis Antibody Prevalence

June 27, 2005

Horses can get the potentially severe and fatal disease coccidioidomycosis from the fungus Coccidioides immitis, which grows in portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. However, researchers recently discovered that... 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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National Economic Impact Study to be Released

June 24, 2005

The release of what is being called the most comprehensive study ever done on the horse industry in the United States will be released June 28 in Washington, D.C.

The study, called "The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry in the United... Read More

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BLM's Web Site Restored

June 24, 2005

The Bureau of Land Management announced June 17 that it has restored public access to its national web site (www.blm.gov), which the agency had taken down for several weeks while it resolved issues... Read More

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ACVIM Forums Breaks Attendance Record

June 22, 2005

The 23rd annual American College of  Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum shattered attendance records with a total of 3,251 attendees in Baltimore, Md., June 1 – 4.

Baltimore's attendance surpassed the previous record of 3,07... Read More

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California: Three Equine Cases of WNV for 2005

June 21, 2005

As of June 17, three cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been detected in California horses. All three cases are recovering.

The first case, a 3-year-old Quarter Horse in Plumas County, was reported on June 1. The second and third cases... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Utah

June 20, 2005

On June 17, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in a horse on a premises in Garfield County, Utah. This is the first confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis in the... Read More