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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.


September 01, 2017
West Nile Virus
Wexford County, MI
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed West Nile Virus in an additional horse in Wexford County. The 8 year old Standardbred gelding is alive and it’s vaccination status is unknown. This brings the total number of Michigan horses reported as having WNV in 2017 to nine, one each in Clinton, Livingston, Jackson, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, and Ottawa counties and two horses in Wexford county. No quarantines were issued.

August 31, 2017
West Nile Virus
Simcoe, Niagara, Frontenac Counties and Algoma District, ON
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Between August 28 and 30th, 2017 the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed four horses positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ontario in the Algoma District and Simcoe, Niagara and Frontenac Counties.  Three horses exhibited severe neurological signs and were euthanized. One had mild neurological signs and is recovering with veterinary treatment. Two of the severe cases were unvaccinated horses and the remaining horses had not received a WNV vaccination this year. To date in 2017, there have been six confirmed cases of WNV in horses from Ontario. In 2016, there were two confirmed cases in Ontario. For more information on WNV go to: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/ahw/westnilevirus.htm

August 31, 2017
West Nile Virus
Ottawa County, MI
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed an additional Michigan horse testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The horse is an unvaccinated, three-year-old Paso Fino gelding from Ottawa County. The horse developed a sudden onset of ataxia and had difficulty standing. The horse is currently alive and recovering under treatment. This brings the total number of Michigan horses reported as having WNV in 2017 to eight, one each from the following counties: Clinton, Livingston, Jackson, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Ottawa and Wexford. No quarantines were issued.  For more info go to:

http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/

August 30, 2017
West Nile Virus
Duchesne County, UT
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

On August 30th the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food confirmed West Nile Virus in a 3-year old Quarter Horse mare in Duchesne County. The horse was recumbent at presentation on August 25th, did not respond to treatment and was euthanized. This was the fifth WNV case in Utah during 2017.    

August 30, 2017
Strangles
Lake County, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On August 16th 2017, one premise in Lake County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of Strangles. The index case became clinical around August 8th, 2017. Two of the 25 horses on the property were clinical at the time of quarantine. This is the third case for Lake County and the 27th for Florida in 2017.

August 30, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Okaloosa County, FL
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has reported that on August 21st 2017 one horse in Okaloosa County, Florida was confirmed with EEE.  The vaccination history is unknown and the horse became neurologic and died on August 7th. This the second case for Florida in 2017.

August 30, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Ashtabula County, OH
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse from Ashtabula County. The horse was unvaccinated and was euthanized. For more information go to http://ocj.com/2017/08/eee-virus-confirmed-in-ohio-horse/

August 29, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Wexford County, MI
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has received confirmation of Michigan's first Eastern Equine Encephalitis case for 2017. The unvaccinated, one-year-old Standardbred colt from Wexford County developed a fever and was unable to rise and died of the disease.

 

August 25, 2017
Equine Infectious Anemia
Johnston County, NC
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

A 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County was confirmed to have equine infectious anemia. The disease was discovered through a routine blood test by the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Raleigh and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is the first new case of EIA documented in North Carolina since 2005. The Johnston County facility is under a quarantine restricting movement of equine until further testing is completed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The affected mule was euthanized. The remaining equines at the facility were tested and were negative for EIA. These horses will be observed and retested in 60 days. Neighboring facilities are being monitored for the disease. For more information go to:  http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2017/EIApositivemule.htm

August 25, 2017
West Nile Virus
Outagamie County, WI
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection received notice of the 6th confirmed equine WNV today.  An unvaccinated 3-year-old American Saddlebred from Outagamie County went down, was sampled, and was euthanized on 8/17/2017.