New York officials are recommending that all horses be vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) after six cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in the state.
Kentucky agriculture officials said Sept. 18 that a 9-year-old Saddlebred gelding has been confirmed positive for West Nile virus. It's the first WNV case in the state so far this year.
Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, has announced the licensure of West Nile-Innovator DNA, a vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
Magic Weisner, the Maryland-bred who nearly won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at 45-1 in 2002 has been retired, Nancy Alberts, his trainer, owner, breeder and exercise rider announced Saturday.
Researchers at Texas A&M University have just completed a retrospective study into the safety of administering the killed West Nile virus vaccine to pregnant broodmares, the first study on this topic in equine reproductive research.
Magic Weisner, the 2002 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up who contracted West Nile Virus later that year, could return to racing. Owner/trainer Nancy Alberts has not given up hope, giving the 5-year-old a half-mile breeze in :49 4/5 at Pimlico Saturday morning.
The Rutgers Equine Science Center's Annual "Science Update" will take place from 6-9 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture on the Cook College campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Brunswick, N. J.
- By Jack Shinar
California, whose horse population has been hit by West Nile virus harder than any other state in the nation this season, has about one month to go before it can expect a decline in the number of cases.
Every state in the 48 contiguous United States has now experienced a taste of West Nile virus since it first was detected in the Western Hemisphere in 1999.
The 5-year-old mare Quick Nip, who was euthanized Aug. 10 at Golden Gate Fields, was infected with West Nile Virus, the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis confirmed.
- By Jack Shinar
West Nile Virus has arrived in Southern California, Dr. Ron Jensen warned the California Horse Racing Board July 22, and could strike at one of the region's racetracks this summer as it speeds its way through the state.
A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine recombinant canarypox vaccine awaits USDA approval, and once available, could pave the way for a new generation of equine vaccines in the United States.
West Nile virus has been found in two horses at Charles Town Races and Slots in West Virginia, the Associated Press reported.
Crucell N.V., a Dutch biotechnology company, and the Israel-based Kimron Veterinary Institute are anticipating the approval of their veterinary West Nile Virus (WNV) in Israel in early 2004.
Novartis Animal Vaccines publicly announced last week the conditional licensing and availability of the only antibody product approved to aid in the control of disease caused by West Nile Virus.
Eastern equine encephalitis case reports have risen into the hundreds this year, with confirmation of equine cases in at least nine states as the virus seemingly moves northwest from hot spots in the Southeast.
The return of Magic Weisner and King Leatherbury's pursuit of his 6,000th win could highlight an unusually spicy opening day at Laurel Park when racing resumes Thursday at the Maryland track after a six-week break for competition at Colonial Downs.
West Nile virus is steadily spreading across the country, having been detected in at least 33 states so far this year. Horses in 15 states have been infected with the virus in 2003.
The number of cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Florida has risen to 84.
The following is a letter from the vice president of Fort Dodge Animal Health, the manufacturer of the USDA-approved West Nile vaccine that in recent weeks has been the subject of some controversy.
The West Nile virus vaccine that is manufactured by Fort Dodge Animal Health may be causing abortions in pregnant mares and deformities in foals, according to an article that appeared Friday on the Denver Post Web site.
The number of Eastern equine encephalitis cases in Florida has risen to 68 for this year, further substantiating an earlier suspicion that 2003 will be a tough year for fighting the disease. Florida's case count for all of 2002 was 25 horses.
According to several Georgia newspapers, eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has struck nine horses in the southern part of the state. Only three cases were documented in Georgia in 2002.
A dead crow in the York Region of Ontario, Canada, has undergone testing and is presumed positive for West Nile virus. It is the first presumed positive of the virus for the region.
The number of confirmed Eastern equine encephalitis cases in horses has risen to 23 in north central Florida, said Dr. Bill Jeter, diagnostic veterinary manager for Florida's Division of Animal Industry. The numbers confirm earlier speculation that 2003 would have higher-than-normal incidences of EEE.
Fairplex Park will remain open without interruption as a racing and training center at least through October and possibly year-around under a funding agreement announced Thursday at the monthly meeting of the California Horse Racing Board at Golden Gate Fields.
More information about West Nile virus (WNV), its symptoms, and its clinical outcome is available as the result of a telephone survey that was conducted in Colorado and Nebraska.
Kentucky has kept extensive statistics on West Nile virus cases in the state. At the March 7 West Nile Virus Workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center, Rusty Ford, Kentucky Equine Programs Manager, reviewed equine WNV statistics from past years. He also described how the state planned to make reporting cases easier in 2003.
Rob Keene, DVM, field veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, talked about the West Nile virus vaccine at the West Nile Virus workshop held March 7 at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.
California is bracing for an onslaught of West Nile virus in horses this year. To help California horsemen prepare, the U.C. Davis Center for Equine Health (CEH) coordinated a West Nile seminar on March 9 at Santa Anita.
The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a full license to Fort Dodge Animal Health for its West Nile virus vaccine based on the results of efficacy studies completed and submitted to the USDA.
The American Horse Council convention and Congressional conference for 2003 will focus on education and how it can lead to advocacy.
Scientists in Kentucky say it is too soon to tell whether West Nile virus (WNV) has been causing equine abortions. But they have found enough evidence to make them want to explore the possibility that the disease can play a role in fetal loss.
Evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in the tissues of a small number of aborted equine fetuses in Kentucky, according to a press release issued Monday by the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners.
The California Thoroughbred racing industry in coordination with the University of California at Davis Center for Equine Health is offering a free seminar on the West Nile virus.
Four agriculture officials from Russia toured horse farms, racetracks, and veterinary clinics the week of Oct. 18 at the invitation of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Magic Weisner, who burst onto the national stage after finishing just three-quarters of a length behind War Emblem in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is back at the track and could return to training within the next three weeks after contracting the West Nile virus.
- By Ben Baugh
Two more horses were found to have tested positive for West Nile virus in Marion County, Fla., the week of Sept. 9, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 16 for 2002. Last year, there were 66 cases.
Fort Dodge Animal Health has just received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture to release the follow abstract regarding the West Nile virus vaccine. This paper will be presented at the OIE meeting "Vaccines for OIE list A and Emerging Diseases" in Ames, Iowa, on Sept. 15.
Magic Weisner, the Preakness runner-up recovering from West Nile virus, was to have been released Thursday, Sept. 12, from the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. But veterinarians at New Bolton decided to keep the 3-year-old gelding a couple of more days, according to Dr. Bob Vallance, the horse's Maryland veterinarian.
Magic Weisner, the popular gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Monday with West Nile Virus, said Dr. Bob Vallance, a Maryland veterinarian.
Magic Weisner, the Preakness and Haskell Invititational runner-up, continues to show improvement from treatments he is receiving at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. The 3-year-old is being treated with anti-inflammatory medications for the signs of encephalitis.
Many Marion County, Fla., horse farm owners took the advice of their veterinarians seriously and vaccinated their horses against the vector-borne West Nile virus last autumn. It has resulted in a decrease in the number of cases in 2002.
Officials with the Jefferson County, Ky. Health Department said that at least one mosquito infected with West Nile Virus has been found at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Wednesday, Aug. 21, that six more horses had been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state. None had been vaccinated. Five of the horses are alive and one was euthanized on Aug. 19. This brings the total number of confirmed horses in the state to 25.
The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office late on Monday, Aug. 19, confirmed that four more horses in Kentucky have been confirmed as having West Nile virus.
The Kentucky state veterinarian's office reported late on Friday, Aug. 16, that seven more horses in the state had been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. That brings the total number of positive horses in the state this year to 15.
Four additional cases of Potomac horse fever have been confirmed at two veterinary hospitals in Lexington, Ky.
The Kentucky state veterinarian's office reported this evening that a 5-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding in Nelson County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
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