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Disease Outbreak Alerts

Updates on current disease outbreaks are listed here as they occur and will include the date listed, disease name, location and current status. Specific premises will not be named but the general location by town, county and state will be listed. When locations, events or horses are at risk they will be listed. Updates will be posted as they are received.


December 02, 2017
Strangles
Cherokee, Cobb, and Dawson Counties, GA
Information Only
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed Strangles on one premise in each of the following counties: Cherokee, Cobb & Dawson.

November 27, 2017
West Nile Virus
Green Lake County, WI
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protectin has confirmed West Nile Virus in a unvaccinated 11-year-old Standardbred mare in Green Lake County. The mare was somewhat “off” beginning on 11/2/2017.  Her symptoms worsened dramatically and a veterinarian was called on 11/9/2017.  At that time, the mare showed proprioceptive deficits, ataxia, and muscle fasciculations.  She was tested for WNV (IgM) and treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.  She is recovering and acting normal at this time.

November 27, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
Butler County, PA
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture posted a quarantine at a Butler County dressage barn after a horse with signs of neurological impairment tested positive for EHV-1 (wild-type) by RRT-PCR testing of nasal swab and whole blood samples.  All equine animals on that property are under quarantine and are being monitored closely for signs of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy.  One other small private home barn is also under quarantine as it recently received a horse from the affected barn.  An epidemiological investigation of equine movements is underway.  As of today, there have been no deaths, no additional neurologically impaired animals, and the index case is recovering.   

 

November 24, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
Warren County, NJ
Quarantine Released
Source: New Jersey Department of Agriculture

On November 2, 2017, a 25 year-old Quarter Horse mare in Warren County NJ was euthanized due to Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM).  The premises was quarantined, biosecurity measures and health monitoring were implemented.  Today, November 24, 2017 the quarantine was lifted since no additional horses have become sick.  There are no other premises in NJ under quarantine for EHM at this time. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture reminds the horse community that EHM, like other diseases affecting horses’ neurological systems such as Rabies, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, must be reported to the state veterinarian within 48 hours of a positive diagnosis.

November 24, 2017
Equine Infectious Anemia
Havelock, QC
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On November 21, 2017, a positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a premises in Havelock, Quebec. This animal had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian prior to it being moved to a new premises; clinical signs of the disease were not reported. A CFIA investigation is underway and as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected animal and its on-premise contacts. The quarantine will remain until all disease response activities have been completed on the premises, including follow-up testing and ordering the destruction of positive cases. More details on Equine Infectious Anemia can be found here<https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/eia/eng/1329698749489/1329703176989%3finf_contact_key%3d54e78925928c29e33ff54664f4a0371edba627548a370fb5f23f05b488b6f3c5&c=E,1,NuFFUd6zxtivczRFF_orHgKQpfttFMAzZjLhFqodPi-P4_pfqGEEnJerseOyhJfY2Zh9hydp0dxqAZoScvUjCy19U4dJkacEdm4_rwOfUXUk&typo=1>.

November 22, 2017
West Nile Virus
Muskogee County, OK
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry confirmed West Nile Virus in a 2-year old Thoroughbred filly located in Muskogee County. The horse was showing mild neurologic signs and was not vaccinated.  For more information visit: http://www.ag.ok.gov.

November 17, 2017
West Nile Virus
Greenwood County, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: South Carolina State Veterinarian

The South Carolina State Veterinarian’s office has received NVSL confirmation for the first West Nile Virus (WNV) case in Greenwood County. The case was a 14 year old gelding with unknown vaccination status and was euthanized.

November 16, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
Coos Bay, OR
Outbreak Update
Source: College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University

The horse affected with Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalitis at Oregon State University had a negative nasal swab on November 13, 2017Because this affected horse is stable and not shedding the virus, it will be released to the owner's private barn this week. There has been no confirmed transmission to any other horses in the veterinary hospital and they will remain in quarantine until November 27, 2017.

November 15, 2017
Pigeon Fever
King County, WA
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Washington State department of Agriculture

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has 3 positive horses confirmed for Pigeon Fever near the towns of Duvall and Carnation in King County. The 3 horses are a 15 year old Paint gelding, a 14 year old Halflinger cross gelding and a 25 year old Tennessee walker mare.  The horses are under the direct supervision of a veterinarian where biosecurity and treatment measures are being managed at this time.  The horses are under a voluntary hold order.

November 14, 2017
Equine Herpes Viruses
Warren County, NJ
Outbreak Update
Source: New Jersey Department of Agriculture

On November 8, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture confirmed Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in a 25-year-old Quarter Horse mare in Warren County, NJ.  The mare was euthanized on November 2, 2017.  All horses at the premises are quarantined.  Biosecurity measures were implemented, and horses are being monitored.  No other horses have shown signs of EHM.  Exposed horses that attended shows are in good health.  Organizers of the events attended by these horses have been contacted directly, and attendees have been notified about the possible exposure.  Concerned owners should contact their veterinarians.