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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 08, 2017
Strangles
Manatee County, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On December 4th, 2017 the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed three premises in Manatee County, Florida were placed under quarantine for clinical signs of Strangles. All four horses began showing clinical signs after a trail ride event on November 18th in Citrus County. These are the first 3 cases of Strangles in Manatee County and the 36-38th cases for the state of Florida.

December 06, 2017
Strangles
Palm Beach, Gulf, Marion, and Pasco County, FL
Information Only
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs has reported six outbreaks of Strangles that were confirmed in October and November. On October 12th 2017, one premise in Palm Beach County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of Strangles. The index case became clinical on October 9th. One of the ten horses on the property was clinical at the time of quarantine. On October 23rd 2017, one premise in Palm Beach County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of Strangles. The index case became clinical around October 2nd. One of the three horses on the property was clinical at the time of quarantine. On November 1st 2017, one premise in Gulf County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and known exposure to Strangles. The index case became clinical on October 28th after residing at an Oklahoma sale barn. Two of the twelve horses on the property were clinical at the time of quarantine. On November 3rd 2017, one premise in Marion County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of Strangles. The index case became clinical on October 31st. One of the five horses on the property was clinical at the time of quarantine. On November 3rd, 2017, a second premise in Marion County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of Strangles. The index case became clinical on October 30th. One of the fourteen horses on the property was clinical at the time of quarantine. On November 10th 2017, one premise in Pasco County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR and culture confirmation of Strangles. The index case became clinical on November 3rd. One of the three horses on the property was clinical at the time of quarantine. This brings the count of Strangles quarantines to 35 in 2017.  

December 06, 2017
West Nile Virus
Palm Beach County, FL
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs has reported a case of Equine West Nile Virus which was confirmed in October. On October 25, 2017 a horse in Palm Beach County was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. The unvaccinated 2 year old stallion became neurologic on October 25th. The horse responded favorably to treatment. This is the 1st WNV case for Palm Beach County and the 4th for the state of Florida in 2017.

December 03, 2017
Equine Influenza
Fort Valley, GA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Attending veterinarian

On November 20, 2017 an arabian gelding in Fort Valley, Georgia had serous nasal discharge and a 105.2 fever and was confirmed to have equine influenza. Twenty two horse were exposed and no horses were isolated. The affected horse had a good vaccination history and is alive.

December 02, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Camden County, GA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed an EEE case in Camden County. The 2017 total reported EEE cases in GA to date are 6 confirmed, 1 suspect.

December 02, 2017
West Nile Virus
Coweta, Pike, Richmond, Screven Counties, GA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has confirmed 4 cases of WNV in Coweta, Pike, Richmond and Screven counties. The 2017 total reported WNV cases in GA to date are 10 confirmed, 1 presumptive positive.

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.