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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.


July 28, 2017
Rabies
Benton County, MN
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Minnesota Board of Animal Health

A press release from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health reports a horse in Benton County tested positive for rabies on July 24th. The horse began showing clinical signs on July 18th which included recumbency (inability to stand), facial spasms, low-grade fever, and incoordination but was eating and drinking normally. The owner elected to euthanize the horse after it failed to respond to treatment. This is the first confirmed positive case of rabies in Minnesota for 2017. For more information go to https://www.bah.state.mn.us/rabies_alert/benton-county-horse-tests-positive-for-rabies-virus/

July 27, 2017
West Nile Virus
Franklin County, KY
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Kentucky State Veterinarian

The office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian has reported that an 18 year old Tennessee Walking Horse mare in Franklin County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The unvaccinated horse presented on July 24th with muscle fasciculations, mild lip paresis, inappetence, and reluctance to move. As of July 27th, the horse was in stable condition and showing some improvement. This is the second case of WNV confirmed in a KY horse in 2017. For more information go to //www.kyagr.com/statevet/equine-infectious-diseases.html#WNV

 

July 26, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Iberville Parish, LA
Information Only
Source: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry released a statement  on July 25th confirming that an unvaccinated horse in Iberville Parish has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encaphalitits. For more information go to http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/news/horse-tests-positive-for-eastern-equine-encephalitis/

July 26, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Charleston County, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Office of the South Carolina State Veterinarian

The South Carolina State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of Equine Eastern Encephalitis (EEE) in a 7-year old Quarter Horse gelding in Charleston county.  The horse, which had been vaccinated in April 2016 (not current), was euthanized.  This is the second EEE case for 2017. 

July 25, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Franklin County, FL
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On July 22, one horse in Franklin County, Florida was confirmed with EEE.  The unvaccinated yearling became neurologic July 17th and was euthanized due for humane reasons. This the first case for Florida in 2017.

July 22, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Dillon County, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Office of the South Carolina State Veterinarian

The South Carolina State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of the first new equine case of EEE on 7/21/17. The case was a 4-year-old QH in Dillon County.  It had no known vaccination history and was euthanized. For more info go to:  https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_EEE1.pdf

July 22, 2017
West Nile Virus
Clark County, WI
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Wisconsin Bureau of Animal Disease Control

The Wisconsin Bureau of Animal Disease Control received laboratory confirmation of its first equine West Nile Virus case for 2017.  A non-vaccinated Standardbred cross yearling gelding from Clark County was recumbent and was euthanized.  For more information go to: https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_WNV.pdf

July 21, 2017
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Brooks County, GA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

On July 19, a 4-year old TWH gelding with an unknown vaccine history was confirmed positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Brooks County, GA. For 2017, this is the first equine with confirmed positive EEE in Georgia.

July 21, 2017
West Nile Virus
Worth County, GA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

On July 11, an unvaccinated 7-year old Paint in Worth County, GA was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). For 2017, this is the first equine with confirmed positive WNV in Georgia.

July 21, 2017
Strangles
Fayette County, GA
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

On July 10, one premise in Fayette County, GA was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and subsequent positive PCR confirmation of strangles.  The index case developed clinical signs on July 6.