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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 21, 2017
Strangles
Bartow County, GA
Suspected Case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

On July 12, one premise in Bartow County, GA was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of strangles. The index case developed clinical signs on July 8.

July 20, 2017
West Nile Virus
Fresno County, CA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture

On July 19, 2017, an unvaccinated  2-year old Thoroughbred filly in Fresno County, California, displaying severe neurologic signs was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The filly died.  For 2017, a total of two (2) horses have been confirmed positive for WNV in California. The positive horses were located in Fresno and Kern Counties.

July 19, 2017
West Nile Virus
Campbell County, WY
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Wyoming Livestock Board

A horse in Campbell County, Wyoming has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. The horse is undergoing treatment at a local medical center and is expected to make a full recovery. This is the first case of WNV in a horse reported by the state of Wyoming in 2017.

July 18, 2017
Equine Infectious Anemia
Armstrong Municipality, MB
Investigation Initiated
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On July 13, 2017 positive EIA results were confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for six horses that had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian on a MB premises in the rural municipality of Armstrong. The infected animals had been sampled to comply with an event pre-entry requirement and clinical signs were not reported. A CFIA investigation has been initiated at the premises to identify and test susceptible contacts and determine potential links to other EIA-affected premises in MB. As per the current policy, the infected animals will be euthanized.

July 18, 2017
Equine Infectious Anemia
St. Andrews and Hanover Municipalities, MB
Investigation Initiated
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On July 11, 2017 two  new cases of EIA were confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for horses on two separate premises in the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and Hanover in  the province of Manitoba (MB). Both animals had been sampled by their accredited veterinarian to comply with an event pre-entry requirement and clinical signs were not reported. CFIA investigations have been initiated at both premises and work is being done to identify and test other potential contacts as per current policy.  The infected animals will be euthanized.

July 18, 2017
Equine Infectious Anemia
Red Deer County, AB
Investigation Initiated
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On July 5, 2017 a positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the Canada Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a newly affected premises in Red Deer County, Alberta (AB). This animal was tested by the CFIA as part of an ongoing investigation as it had recently resided with a clinically ill EIA-infected horse. As per the current program policy, the CFIA will be identifying and testing susceptible contact animals and the infected horse will be euthanized.

July 14, 2017
Strangles
Osceola County, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On July 14, one premise in Osceola County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of strangles. The index case became clinical around July 9th. One of the six horses on the property were clinical at time of quarantine. This the second case for Osceola County and case 26 for Florida in 2017

July 13, 2017
West Nile Virus
Kern County, CA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture

California has confirmed the first case of equine West Nile Virus for 2017. A 14 month old Quarter Horse filly with unknown vaccination history in Kern County, CA has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. Due to the severity of clinical signs, the horse has been euthanized. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA )continually monitors and investigates equine neurologic cases for the presence of WNV in California. The CDFA urges horse owners to consult their veterinarian concerning a WNV vaccination program to ensure maximum protection of their horses. For more information visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/WNV_Info.html

July 10, 2017
West Nile Virus
Wythe County, VA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) identified a 10-year old Saddlebred gelding, from Wythe County as the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2017. The positive was confirmed at the National Veterinary Service Laboratories on Friday July 7, 2017. It is the first case in Virginia since August 2015. Symptoms included loss of control of bodily movements and partial paralysis in the hind limbs, dazed appearance and lack of ability to stand. The horse, which was not vaccinated, was euthanized due to the severity of the disease. For more information go to:   https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_WNV.pdf

 

July 07, 2017
Strangles
Pinellas County, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On July 7, one premise in Pinellas County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of strangles.  The index case became clinical in June 30th. One of the five horses on the property were clinical at time of quarantine. This the first case for Pinellas County and case 25 for Florida in 2017.