neurologic

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 taken  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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Two New Viruses Cause USDA Center For Biologics To Call For Additional Testing

Equine serum hepatitis, also called Theiler’s disease, can threaten the life of adult horses by compromising their liver. First described in the early 1900s as highly fatal liver failure that occurred after an equine antiserum for African Horse Sickness was given, more-recent cases of the disease in North America have been associated with tetanus antitoxin […]

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Recently Imported Warmblood Tests Positive For EHV-1 In Kentucky

A Warmblood mare being quarantined in Kentucky has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EVH-1), according to the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC). According to reports, the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian was contacted on Monday, February 26 that a Warmblood mare recently imported through the USDA’s New York Animal Import Center and residing at […]

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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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An Elusive Diagnosis: Lyme Disease A Good Impersonator

Though Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose in horses, it should not be ignored as a potential diagnosis when horses show signs of lameness, weakness, lack of appetite or neurologic or behavioral changes. Lyme disease is carried by ticks, but often horse owners are not aware ticks have been on their animals until the […]

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Blindfolding Horses: Help For Neurological Diagnosis

Equine researchers* recently suggested that blindfolding horses can be a powerful tool for veterinarians when differentiating between lameness and neurological diseases resulting in abnormal gaits. According to the group of European researchers, “The ataxic horse remains a challenge, especially when the clinical signs are mild to moderate. Even experienced clinicians disagree on the subjective assessment of gait […]

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EDCC Posts Alert For Potomac Horse Fever In Six Kentucky Counties

On August 14, 2017 the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) posted a disease outbreak alert for Potomac horse fever for six Kentucky counties. Counties included in the outbreak alert are Taylor, Woodford, Fayette, Bourbon, Scott and Harrison counties. According to the EDCC alert, the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed 28 cases of […]

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Everything Old Is New Again: Battling “Old World” Equine Diseases

“Old World viruses” are those that were thought to have originated before the discovery of the Americas. Most were thought to have been irradiated long ago, but recently “Old World viruses” have been linked to a surprising amount of neurological problems in horses. Most of these Old World alphaviruses have been identified in Africa and […]

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Is He Lame Or Neurologic? New Bolton Lecture To Provide Answers

On Tuesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Neil Mittelman and Dr. Holly Stewart will present a joint lecture: “Is My Horse Lame or Neurologic?” The presentation is part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA. The series offers free lectures to the […]

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Los Angeles County Horse Diagnosed With EHV-1

On January 6, a draft-cross gelding in Los Angeles County, Calif., with neurologic signs was confirmed positive for the non-neuropathic strain of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). A “confirmed case” is a horse that displays clinical signs and has a positive laboratory test for EHV-1. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), a “small […]

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