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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.


Date Disease Location Status
August 19, 2016 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Chesterfield and Horry Counties, SC Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The South Carolina State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of two new EEE cases this week. The first case was an unvaccinated, 10 year old Paint from Chesterfield County. The horse did not survive. This is the first confirmed case in Chesterfield County this year. An additional case in Horry County was a 1.5 year old QH. The total number of confirmed cases in SC in 2016 is now 14. CORRECTION to the August 12 alert- the 5 month old colt was from Darlington County and not Florence County. Go to: http://www.clemson.edu/public/lph/ahp/rep_disease.html
August 19, 2016 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes , LA Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
So far in 2016, five horses have died as a result of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Louisiana. Four of the horses were located in Tangipahoa Parish; the fifth horse was in Washington Parish. Vaccination history of the horses is unknown. For more information go to http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/news/commissioner-strain-warns-of-eastern-equine-encephalitis-and-west-nile-virus-threats/
August 19, 2016 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Morris County, NJ Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
An 8- year-old mare from Morris County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The horse was not vaccinated and has been euthanized. This is the first confirmed equine case of EEE in New Jersey this year. For more information go to http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/about/njdacontacts.html
August 19, 2016 Rabies Caddo County, OK Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
A four year old Quarter Horse gelding from Anadarko, Oklahoma (Caddo County) presented to a referral hospital August 5, 2016 with a temperature of 103.5, ataxia and depression. The horse was not current on vaccinations and died. Brain samples submitted to the Oklahoma State Department of Health were positive for Rabies virus by direct fluorescent antibody testing on August 11, 2016. For more info go to http://www.oda.state.ok.us/ais/
August 19, 2016 West Nile Virus Boundary County, ID Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Today, Panhandle Health District received notification of two dead horses testing positive for West Nile Virus in Boundary County. Both horses were unvaccinated. This is the first evidence of mosquitos potentially carrying West Nile Virus in Boundary County since 2014. For more information go to http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-in-Boundary-County-Horses.pdf
August 18, 2016 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Suffolk County, VA Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the fifth and sixth cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses this year. Both horses were from Suffolk, a male Paint and an Arabian filly. Both horses were euthanized. Neither had up-to-date vaccinations. For more information go to http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/press-releases-160818-eee.shtml
August 18, 2016 West Nile Virus Churchill and Clark Counties, NV Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The Nevada department of Agriculture has reported West Nile Virus in two horses; one in Churchill County and one in Clark County. The vaccination status and condition of the affected horses is unknown. For more information go to: http://agri.nv.gov/News/2016/Protect_Against_West_Nile_Virus/
August 17, 2016 West Nile Virus Muskogee County, OK Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The second reported WNV positive horse has been confirmed for 2016 in Oklahoma. The 9 year old QH mare located in Muskogee County was euthanized. Vaccination history is unknown.
August 16, 2016 Strangles Volusia County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
On August 16, one premise in Volusia County, Florida was placed under quarantine for strangles. The horse begain showing respiratory signs in late July as was isolated. A respiratory panel taken on August 10 returned PCR positive. No animals have left the facility since clinical signs began. This is the first case in Volusia County and case 19 for Florida in 2016
August 16, 2016 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Lake County, FL Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
On August 16, a new EEE case was confirmed in Lake County, Florida. The 7 year old Andalusian had not been vaccinated in the past 2 years and had no recent travel history. Clinical signs began on August 3 and the horse was euthanized for humane reasons August 5. This is the first confirmed EEE case in Lake County and case 19 in Florida for 2016.