2019: Significant Increases In EEE Cases In Horses And Humans

In 2019, there was a marked rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in both horses and humans. Last year, human cases of EEE were five times higher than average, with the most cases occurring in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and North Carolina during August and September. It’s not clear what caused the […]

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Vaccine For Equine Grass Sickness Tested

A four-year trial suggests that Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) is associated with a bacterium commonly found in soil: Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) type C. Currently, vaccines are available for botulism and tetanus, diseases that are closely related to C. botulinum type C. Researchers are hopeful that a similar vaccine could protect against grass sickness. Scientists […]

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West Nile Virus Confirmed In Second Kentucky Horse

The University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus in a horse in the state. Located in Powell County, the 5-month-old Rocky Mountain Horse died after the onset of clinical signs on October 9; the horse was down and could not rise without assistance. Once standing, he was […]

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Additional EEE Case In Michigan; Aerial Spraying Continues

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been confirmed in an additional horse in St. Joseph County, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. To help combat the disease, which is carried by mosquitoes, more than 328,000 acres have been sprayed with insecticide dropped from planes. The most-recent equine case of EEE presented with symptoms on […]

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‘Gas Gangrene’ An Equine Emergency

A rare-but-serious bacterial infection, clostridial myositis, causes inflammation, muscle death and the release of toxins into a horse’s bloodstream. Prompt intervention with aggressive antibiotic treatment and wound debridement is key to a horse’s survival. Also called gas gangrene, myonecrosis or malignant edema, it occurs most often in horses that have received an injection in their […]

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West Nile Virus: Still A Real Threat To Equines

West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, was first identified in 1999 and infected nearly 1,000 horses per year until 2006, when an effective vaccine was developed. In 2011, there were only 87 cases of West Nile, but the number of reported cases has been on the rise fairly rapidly, with nearly 500 cases […]

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Additional Cases Of Anthrax In Texas Horses

On July 29, three additional anthrax cases were reported in Texas. Two horses in Crockett County and one in Uvalde County had been diagnosed with anthrax on July 22, reported the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). To date, there are 14 areas with confirmed cases of anthrax in five Texas counties: Crockett, Kinney, Sutton, Uvalde, […]

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International Travel Of Equines May Spread Parasitic Disease Dourine

Dourine is a parasitic venereal disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma equiperdum. Also dubbed “covering disease,” it has been described as a neglected-horse disease in the past, but scientists believe that the condition warrants greater attention, including better diagnostics to discover it and better drugs to treat it, mostly because of the increasing international movement […]

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Equine Strangles Vaccine Available In 2020

The Swedish-based biotechnology company Intervacc, has, together with 3P Biopharmaceuticals, the contracted manufacturer of Strangvac in Barcelona, Spain, secured large-scale production of the vaccine against equine strangles. The technology transfer of manufacturing and the verification of reproducibility of the manufacturing process for Strangvac has thereby been completed. The commercial manufacturing of the vaccine, which is […]

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