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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.


August 13, 2018
West Nile Virus
Chesterfield County, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: South Carolina State Veterinarian

The South Carolina State Veterinarian confirmed the first West Nile Virus case in 2018 in Chesterfield County. The 5-year-old mare, which had just been vaccinated, died.

August 12, 2018
West Nile Virus
Musselshell and Lake Counties, MT
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Montana Department of Livestock

On July 7, 2018 Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed the first cases West Nile Virus (WNV) in horses in Musselshell and Lake Counties in 2018. Virus has also been detected in mosquitos in Cascade, Hill, and Lewis and Clark Counties. For more information about WNV go to: https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_WNV.pdf

August 10, 2018
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Suffolk, VA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in VA in 2018. A Quarter Horse mare from Suffolk, VA entered the North Carolina Veterinary School hospital in late July and subsequently died. The hospital received notice yesterday of the EEE positive result. The horse was vaccinated incompletely with an initial vaccination but not the follow-up shot. For more information go to http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/press-releases-180810-augusteee.shtml

 

August 08, 2018
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Craven and Onslow Counties, NC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: North Carolina Department of Agriculture

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture has received two laboratory reports confirming the fifth and sixth positive cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis for 2018 in a 1 1/2-year old paint filly located in Craven County, North Carolina and an 8-year old gelding Quarter Horse in Onslow County, North Carolina. The animals had no vaccination history.

 

August 08, 2018
West Nile Virus
Steuben County, NY
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: New York State Dept of Agriculture and Markets

The New York State Dept of Agriculture and Markets is confirming the state’s first 2018 West Nile Virus case in a horse from Addison, NY (Steuben County). The 15-year old gelding started to show signs on Saturday, August 4th, 2018. The owner noticed ataxia on all 4 limbs, generalized muscle fasciculations, decreased tail tone, but no fever. The gelding was hospitalized on August 5th for testing and further treatment. Blood sample results for West Nile Virus along with concurrent signs of illness confirmed active WNV infection. The horse had not been vaccinated for West Nile Virus in recent years. The horse had no recent travel history. As of August 8, the horse is recovering from infection.

August 08, 2018
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Chesterfield County, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: South Carolina State Veterinarian’s Office

The South Carolina State Veterinarian’s Office has received laboratory confirmation of the first Eastern Equine Encephalitis case in SC in 2018. The 5-year-old mare, which was located in Chesterfield County and had no vaccination history, died.

 

August 07, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Snohomish County, WA
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Washington State Veterinarian Office

The Washington State Veterinarian Office received a positive Equine Herpes Virus 1 Non-Neurogenic (wild type) strain in a single horse in Snohomish County. The horse is in isolation and the facility is currently under quarantine. Strict biosecurity is in place.

August 07, 2018
Strangles
Washington County, RI
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Rhode Island State Veterinarian

The Rhode Island State Veterinarian has reported that Strangles was confirmed in a single horse at a stable in Washington County, RI. The attending veterinarian suspected strangles based on the clinical signs and strangles was laboratory confirmed by PCR testing. This horse was recently purchased at a sale. No other horses at the farm are affected. An official order of quarantine will be issued for the farm today.

August 06, 2018
Equine Infectious Anemia
Lamar County, GA
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in 3 horses in Lamar County. The positive horses were identified through surveillance for an EIA trace initiated in another state and were euthanized. The remainder of the herd is under quarantine pending following up testing in 60 days.

 

August 06, 2018
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Bleckley, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Jenkins, Wayne Counties, GA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed EEE cases in the following counties: Bleckley, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes, Jenkins, and Wayne. The 2018 total reported EEE cases in GA to date are 6 confirmed.