infectious disease

Stripes Help Keep Biting Insects At Bay

Biting insects have a difficult time landing on animals that have zebra stripes, a joint study between the University of California, Davis, and the University of Bristol in England has shown. The findings, which were published in PLOS ONE, support the hypothesis that the stripes on Africa’s three species of zebra helped deter biting insects. […]

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‘It’s Appalling Is What It Is’: Equine Infectious Anemia Case Sends Officials Tracking Dozens Of Horses

A single case of Equine Infectious Anemia has state animal health officials in Colorado and Wyoming hunting down over 100 horses across multiple states. The viral disease has no cure and requires infected horses to be kept at least 200 yards from others for the rest of its life. The horse, which was purchased from […]

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Updated AAEP Biosecurity Guidelines Now Available

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published updated biosecurity guidelines to help minimize the occurrence and mitigate the spread of potential disease outbreaks. The downloadable PDF file incorporates comprehensive information and step-by-step protocols in three distinct areas: identification of key personnel, important contacts and reference materials; routine biosecurity protocol; and outbreak response. The […]

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Quarantine Quandary: The Ark At JFK Embroiled In Contract Disputes  

The Ark at JFK, the equine import and export facility at the John F. Kennedy airport that opened in August of 2017, has filed a suit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The contract suit alleges that The Ark has lost millions of dollars in expenses and lost revenue because of […]

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AAEP Updates Infectious Disease Guidelines, Addresses Rhodococcus equi

Updated Infectious Disease Control Guidelines, including newly created guidelines for Rhodoccocus equi, have been published by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and are available on the AAEP’s website. Most of the changes to established guidelines pertain to updated sampling and control measures. The AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee also amended suspected case guidelines for respiratory, neurologic […]

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Florida Reports Multiple New Strangles Cases; Total Now Up To 40 For 2017

The following alerts were issued from the Equine Disease Communication Center last week:  On Dec. 4, 2017, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed three premises in Manatee County, Fla., were placed under quarantine for clinical signs of Strangles. All four horses began showing clinical signs after a trail ride event on November 18th […]

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Boehringer Ingelheim Announces 2017 Equine Research Award Recipients

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) has selected three research proposals to fund as part of its 2017 Advancement in Equine Research Award program. Since 2011 BI has given more than $470,000 to advancing the knowledge of equine infectious disease, including the $45,000 in grants being awarded this year. “For the past six years, BI has supported equine […]

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Study Aims To Track Spread Of Disease Between Horses, Stables

A University of Guelph research team is studying horses and humans at several stables – both racing and equestrian – in Canada in order to better understand the spread of disease through contact patterns between barns. To keep track of each study participant’s movement, each was fitted with a small radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. […]

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Clinical Signs and Treatment of Equine Influenza

It’s flu season and not just for people—horses, too, can get the flu, but theirs is called equine influenza. One of the most common infectious respiratory diseases of horses, this virus can cause a fever of up to 106 degrees F and higher, making a horse feel unwell and go off his feed. Horses that […]

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‘Anonymous Horses’: Kill Pen Rescues Come With Serious Health Risks

Earlier this month, veterinarians and state officials in three Florida counties (Columbia, Bradford, and Hillsborough) publicly announced they were dealing with a small outbreak of strangles, a contagious bacterial infection of the equine upper respiratory tract characterized by swollen lymph nodes. Strangles is a relatively common communicable disease, but in this case, alerts issued via […]

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