biosecurity

Study: Face Flies Contribute To Spread Of Strangles

Strangles is a highly transmissible, contagious disease. Readily spread on clothes, tack, buckets and other modes of indirect transmission, the virus is caused by Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (S. equi). Good biosecurity is key to preventing the spread of disease, including isolating affected horses as well as using separate equipment and clothing when handling the […]

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Equine Influenza Cases Still Rising In Britain

Equine Influenza (EI) continues to rise in Britain, with more than 200 confirmed cases so far this year. There were only two outbreaks reported in all of 2018. The Animal Health Trust’s Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, Dr. Richard Newton, said the increased movement of horses to and from events and competitions is contributing […]

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Update: Strangles At Delaware Park

A horse with strangles was reported at Delaware Park racetrack on July 3 and the Kentucky State Veterinarian placed a hold barring horses stabled on the grounds of Delaware Park to enter Kentucky racetracks. This hold was removed on July 5. Kentucky horses that are shipping into Delaware Park with the intention to return to […]

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Racing Officials Can Help With Biosecurity, But Logistics Are Tricky

When a disease outbreak happens at a racetrack — as they do a few times a year — veterinarians, horsemen, and racing officials quickly become concerned about biosecurity protocols, the measures that can minimize the chances for disease to travel from one horse to another. One state veterinarian is hoping that, armed with a little […]

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EVA Confirmed In Two Stallions In England

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in two stallions in Dorset, England, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, reports. Restrictions on breeding have been put in place; the horses, which are not Thoroughbreds, are located in the same stable. EVA is a notable viral disease in stallions that can cause swelling of […]

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Flu Outbreak In U.S. And Europe Cause For Concern

Equine flu has made headlines in both the United States and Europe recently, as it has been affecting even horses that had been vaccinated against it. Though the type of flu differs slightly between the two countries, with the amount of horses traveling internationally, experts have recommended that vaccines for both strains be given to […]

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Nevada State Vet Places Quarantine After EHV-1 Positive

Horses that competed at the Nevada State High School Rodeo Feb. 22-24 in Pahrump have been placed under quarantine by Nevada State Veterinarian Dr. JJ Goicoechea. This measure was takenĀ  after one positive for equine herpes virus type 1 with neurologic signs was reported. The Nevada Department of Agriculture did not release the name of […]

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Researchers Show How Equine Diseases Can Spread Without Nose-To-Nose Contact

When a equine disease outbreak happens, the first order of business is to limit the spread — which can be challenging, since there’s a lot we still don’t know about how certain viruses and bacteria find their hosts. Scientists at the University of Guelph created two studies that may help predict how diseases spread among […]

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Equine Infectious Disease Outbreaks: How Can They Be Controlled?

Equine influenza has been at the forefront of many horse owner’s minds as it cancelled Thoroughbred racing in England earlier in February. One of the main causes for concern over this flu outbreak was that horses that had been previously vaccinated for the virus were still becoming sick. A highly contagious disease, equine flu is […]

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New Service Making Equine End-Of-Life Decisions Easier

Scotland has piloted a new website to help horse owners with end-of-life decisions. The Equine End of Life Service is a nonprofit organization that provides options for euthanasia, removal and disposal. Created by the National Fallen Stock Company, the goal of the site is to provide simple, easy-to-understand information, removing some of the stress associated […]

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