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Striking Similarities: Atlas of Equine Brain May Aid Human Medicine

U.S. researchers have created a standardized brain atlas of a horse using an MRI machine. Brain atlases have been created for many other species, but not for horses. The atlas will be a valuable resource for neuroimaging research. Drs. Philippa Johnson, Valentin Janvier, Wen-Ming Luh, Marnie Fitz Maurice, Teresa Southard and Erica Barry of Cornell University have made the atlas available […]

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Testing, Testing: Can Nutraceuticals Help With Equine Stomach Issues?

Though highly adapted performance animals, the sensitivity of a horse’s stomach has not changed over the years and remains a constant source of stress and worry for equine owners and caretakers. Similar to humans, a horse’s stomach contains acid that helps break down food and a mucus coating that’s designed to protect the stomach from […]

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Chincoteague Pony ‘Swamp Cancer’ Still Stumping Scientists

In the last three years, eight Chincoteague Pony mares have been put down because of equine pythiosis, also called “swamp cancer” and scientists are still trying to figure out how to rein in the disease. Pythiosis comes from a microorganism that thrives in warm, wet areas of the country, mostly on the Gulf Coast. The […]

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New Papillomavirus Found In Australian Thoroughbred Stallion

A 12-year-old Australian Thoroughbred stallion that had a 1-centimeter wide wart-like lesion on his penis was diagnosed with a newly identified equine papillomavirus. Veterinarians were called when the stallion had pain upon breeding. The stallion’s semen was tested and it was determined that he had the Equus caballus papillomavirus 9 (EcPV9). Australian researchers mapped the […]

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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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Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Confirmed In New Mexico

As fair season approaches, the New Mexico Livestock Board announced several recommendations as a result of confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) cases in New Mexico horses. New Mexico State Veterinarian Dr. Ralph Zimmerman urges people to be diligent. “While we are not ordering the cancellation of any events at this point, we recommend several advisable […]

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Hendra Virus Confirmed In Australia’s Thoroughbred Capital: Scone

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries confirmed a case of Hendra virus in a 25-year-old mare near Scone, Australia, which has a vast equine population. The mare was not vaccinated. She had developed neurological signs and was euthanized; the horse’s owners contacted the animal disease hotline. Hendra virus, which is carried by bats […]

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Ticked Off: Asian Longhorned Tick Confirmed In Kentucky

The University of Kentucky has reported that the Asian longhorned tick has appeared in the state. An invasive tick from Australia and East Asia, the arachnids have been reported in 10 states and their population is steadily moving northwest. Their rapid rise in numbers is because Asian longhorned tick can reproduce without mating; the female […]

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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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Equine Rhinitis A Virus A Threat To Yearlings

A Canadian study highlights the susceptibility of yearlings to Equine Rhinitis A Virus (ERVA) and the ability of the disease to spread. The study, lead by Dr. Tanya Rossi of the University of Guelph, shows that horses between the ages of 1 and 2 are very susceptible to the virus and that farms should put […]

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