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Why Is West Nile Becoming So Virulent In Australia?

West Nile Virus in Australia has typically been less potent than other strains of the virus found around the world. However, a more-potent strain began circulating there in 2011. WNV infections were confirmed in 1,000 horses and 10 percent of those infected died. The original strain of West Nile in Australia was caused by Culex annulirostris mosquitoes […]

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First Case Of West Nile Virus In Kentucky

The University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed that a 7-year-old Paint horse has been infected with West Nile virus (WNV). Located in Boyle County, the horse presented with mild ataxia that was more pronounced in the front limbs. The attending veterinarian reports that the horse is responding well to treatment and has a favorable […]

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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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Eastern Equine Encephalitis In New Jersey

New Jersey has reported its first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for 2019. The affected 12-year-old mare in Ocean County was vaccinated against EEE, but was euthanized on July 23 because of complications from the disease. Spread by mosquitoes, the disease causes inflammation of brain tissue and has a higher mortality rate than West […]

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Ward Off West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a serious disease that can have deadly consequences if horses are not vaccinated. WNV is now considered one of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) core vaccines, meaning that the vaccination should be given to any horse regardless of where they geographically live or if they travel from their home […]

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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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Three Horses With Equine Influenza At World Equestrian Center In Ohio

The World Equestrian Center management has been made aware by horse show veterinarian Dr. Holly Helbig that three horses at the facility have tested positive for the Equine Influenza Virus. After a full respiratory panel, all three horses have tested NEGATIVE for Streptococcus equi (Strangles) and NEGATIVE for EHV-1 and EHV-4 (Equine Herpesvirus). When the horses in question demonstrated […]

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Four Additional Cases Of West Nile Virus Detected In Kentucky Horses

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has confirmed an additional four cases of West Nile Virus in Kentucky. One horse was a 15-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse in Boyle County that had not been vaccinated for the disease. The horse was euthanized on Sept. 20. The second horse was 5 years old and located in […]

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Vermont Horse Dies From West Nile Virus

A horse in Windham County, Vt., has died from West Nile Virus (WNV), say state agricultural officials. The virus is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. The infected horse had not been vaccinated against the virus. Horses infected with West Nile may have a fever, and show signs of weakness and impaired vision. They […]

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First West Nile Case Of 2018 Confirmed In KY

The first equine West Nile Virus (WNv) in Kentucky was confirmed on Aug. 28. The affected 9-year-old Quarter Horse from Pendleton County is stable and has a favorable prognosis. The gelding presented on Aug. 23 with partial lower-lip paralysis and involuntary muscle contractions. Over the next 48 hours, the horse became progressively ataxic in his […]

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