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Mosquitoes: More Than Just A Nuisance

Mosquitoes are annoying, but they’re more than just a nuisance—they can carry diseases that harm the neurologic system of both horses and humans. The diseases that affect both horses and humans include: West Nile virus (WNV) Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) Western equine encephalitis (WEE) Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) West Nile Virus (WNV) does not always […]

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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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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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Running Hot: What An Elevated Equine Temperature Can Mean

A horse’s “normal” temperature should be between 99 and 101 degrees F, but there are instances where his body temperature will rise without him being ill. He may “run hotter” on warm days or after exercise, whether hew as running around in his field or asked to work by a handler. Additionally, horse’s temperature will […]

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Running Hot? Accepted Range Of Equine Temps May Be Inaccurate

While it has been widely accepted for years that the normal body temperature for a healthy horse is between 99 and 101 degrees F, new British research suggests that this range may be too high to represent healthy horses. Taking a horse’s rectal temperature is a standard practice to help determine if a horse is healthy […]

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Second Case Of EEE In New Jersey

The second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in New Jersey. The affected horse, a 12-year-old gelding that lived in Camden County, was unvaccinated for the disease; he was euthanized on Aug. 27. Spread by mosquitoes, horses that are vaccinated are much less likely to contract the disease. The fatality rate is […]

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Potomac Horse Fever Confirmed in 26 Horses in KY

The first confirmed case of Potomac horse fever (PHF) diagnosed in Kentucky during calendar year 2018 was reported on June 1, 2018. Through the week ending August 25, a total of 26 cases have been confirmed. Confirmation of each case was by PCR testing and compatible clinical symptoms observed. Historically, Kentucky’s PHF cases are first […]

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I Will Survive: Strangles Bacteria Viable Much Longer Than Originally Thought

Scary news from British researchers should have horse people on high alert: A research team has discovered that the bacteria that causes strangles can survive in the environment for up to 34 days. Infected horses can “shed” the bacteria, even when not showing signs of the disease; the bacteria can survive for significant lengths of […]

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Second Case Of Potomac Horse Fever In Kentucky

On June 5, 2018, a second case of Potomac Horse Fever in Bourbon County, KY, was confirmed. A 2017 Thoroughbred filly presented on May 29 with dehydration, a fever and diarrhea. Blood and feces were tested and Potomac Horse Fever was confirmed. Treatment began on June 5 and the filly has improved and is expected […]

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Kentucky’s First 2018 Case Of Potomac Horse Fever Confirmed In Thoroughbred Filly

A 4-year-old Thoroughbred filly in Bourbon County, Ky. has been confirmed to be suffering from equine Potomac Horse Fever (PHF), according to the office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian. The filly presented on June 1 with watery diarrhea, lethargy, and a fever of approximately 104 degrees. She has since been hospitalized in an isolation unit, […]

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