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My Horse Had His Shots, Why Is He Sick?

Responsible horse owners ensure their horses receive the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommended core vaccinations each year. But does this mean that these vaccines make the horse immune to the diseases they have been vaccinated for? Dr. Elizabeth Davis tells The Horse that there are a few things that may affect vaccine efficacy. […]

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New UK Mapping Tool To Help Prevent Spread Of Strangles

Horse & Hound reports that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has created a website that will provide up-to-date information on strangles diagnoses across the United Kingdom using a map function that highlights regions where strangles cases have been confirmed. Part of the surveillance of equine strangles project that was launched in April 2019, this website […]

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AAEP Publishes Glanders Guidelines

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines for the identification, control and prevention of Glanders, a contagious disease largely eradicated from the developed world but which has resurfaced recently with reported cases from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Although long eradicated in North […]

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2019: Significant Increases In EEE Cases In Horses And Humans

In 2019, there was a marked rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in both horses and humans. Last year, human cases of EEE were five times higher than average, with the most cases occurring in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and North Carolina during August and September. It’s not clear what caused the […]

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Is Eradication Of Opossums From Horse Farms Advisable?

It has been known for many years that opossums spread equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) through their feces, but complete eradication of the marsupial on farms may be next to impossible. As opossums offer environmental benefits like eating ticks and other pests, complete removal may also not be recommended, reports The Horse. Opossums can be found […]

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Rise In Neurologic Form of EHV-1 Cause For Concern

A new review reports that equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)—specifically the neurologic form of the disease–is still a large threat to the equine industry, potentially disrupting training and breeding schedules; restricting movement of horses; and potentially cancelling equine events such as shows and races. There has been a marked increase in the number of reported neurologic cases […]

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Is It Really Just A Runny Nose?

Nasal discharge in a horse can range from a non-issue to something truly life-threatening. Oftentimes drainage is nothing to be concerned about as the mucous membranes in the nasal passages can be aggravated from something as benign as dust in the arena or pollen. However, there are times that nasal discharge can indicate an emergency, […]

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Equine Disease Communication Center Launches New Phone App

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) has launched a mobile app version of its online information system to make real-time alerts for infectious diseases available for all parts of the horse industry on a smart phone. The EDCC Disease Alerts app connects directly to the disease alert page, making it easy for users to filter […]

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New Stall Assists Neurologic Equines At Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

An updated and expanded neurologic stall has been gifted to the Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in memory of a beloved patient of the center. Just Java, owned by Karen Jones Squires and James Squires, succumbed to laminitis in 2015. The stall has been named the “Just Java” Neurologic Stall. The new stall […]

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