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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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British Horses Still Threatened By Equine Influenza

Outbreaks of equine influenza are still occurring across Britain and horse owners are encouraged to remain cautious and utilize measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The Animal Health Trust saw the second highest number of confirmed cases of equine flu in 2019 during the last week in May. Dr. Richard Newton, the director […]

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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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All Equine Events Cancelled In Nevada After Additional EHV-1 Cases Confirmed

Dr. JJ Goicoechea, the Nevada State Veterinarian, has confirmed two additional cases of EHV-1 in Clark County, Nevada. This has resulted in two additional premises being placed under quarantine. Goicoechea has requested that all equine events in Nevada be cancelled or postponed for the upcoming week. The initial quarantine was for horses that competed at […]

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Researchers Show How Equine Diseases Can Spread Without Nose-To-Nose Contact

When a equine disease outbreak happens, the first order of business is to limit the spread — which can be challenging, since there’s a lot we still don’t know about how certain viruses and bacteria find their hosts. Scientists at the University of Guelph created two studies that may help predict how diseases spread among […]

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Equine Infectious Disease Outbreaks: How Can They Be Controlled?

Equine influenza has been at the forefront of many horse owner’s minds as it cancelled Thoroughbred racing in England earlier in February. One of the main causes for concern over this flu outbreak was that horses that had been previously vaccinated for the virus were still becoming sick. A highly contagious disease, equine flu is […]

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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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Study Shows That Mongolia May Be A Hotbed For EIV Outbreaks

Scientists have discovered that Mongolia may be a hotbed for novel strains of the equine influenza virus (EIV). There are 3.3 million horses in Mongolia that are critical to the livelihood of Mongolian herders; horses provide transportation and food, and play a huge role in the culture of the Mongolian people. With more horses than […]

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Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Temporarily Suspends Elective Procedures

A horse at Oregon State University’s veterinary teaching hospital has been diagnosed with an illness caused by a mutated version of Equine Herpes Virus-1. The horse was taken to the OSU equine teaching hospital on November 4 for treatment. While the virus is likened to a cold in humans, it is highly contagious and, as […]

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Biosecurity Basics: Disinfecting A Stall

Biosecurity is at the forefront of many horse owner’s minds as Equine Infectious Anemia and West Nile Virus cases continue to rise. One of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of disease is to practice proper biosecurity measures in the barn, which would include sanitizing the stall in which any ill horse has […]

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