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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
December 11, 2015 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Levy County, FL Information Only
New case in Levy County, Florida was confirmed on December 11th with EEE. Clinical signs began on December 7th. The four year old mini mare had not been vaccinated in the past year, had no recent travel history and was euthanized due to poor prognosis. This is the first confirmed case in Levy County and the 22nd positive in Florida since the beginning of the year.
November 20, 2015 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Holmes County, FL Information Only
New case in Holmes County, Florida was confirmed on November 20th with EEE. Clinical signs began on November 8th. The one year old QH colt had incomplete vaccination history, no recent travel history and was euthanized due to poor prognosis. This is the Third confirmed case in Holmes County and the 21st positive in Florida since the beginning of the year.
November 16, 2015 West Nile Virus Hernando County, FL Information Only
Two new cases in Hernando County were confirmed on November 13th and 16th with WNV. One horse had no vaccination history and one had been vaccinated but not within the past year. Both horses were euthanized due to poor prognosis. This is the third and fourth confirmed cases in Hernando County and the fifth and sixth positives in Florida since the beginning of the year.
November 12, 2015 West Nile Virus Hernando County, FL Information Only
A new case in Hernando County was confirmed on the November 12th with WNV. The horse had no previous vaccine or travel history within the past 4 weeks and was euthanized due to poor prognosis. This is the second confirmed case in Hernando County and the 4th case in Florida since the beginning of the year.
October 29, 2015 Strangles Polk County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
New Strangles case in Polk County FL. A New strangles premise was reported on October 28th. The premise has 9 total equids with only one showing clinical signs. The premise has been placed under quarantine. This is the third case for Polk County and the 29th case for Florida in 2015.
October 24, 2015 West Nile Virus El Dorado County, CA Information Only
A horse in El Dorado County’s Greenwood community has been found to be infected with West Nile virus, county health officials announced Monday. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article40333824.html#storylink=cpy
October 22, 2015 Vesicular Stomatitis Scotts Bluff County, NE Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
A case of Vesicular Stomatitis has been confirmed in a horse in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes said during mid-September 2015 the horse and other livestock on the farm have been placed under quarantine.
October 21, 2015 Equine Influenza Corvallis, OR Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
A horse has been diagnosed with equine influenza at the Oregon State University veterinary hospital, and the facility has stopped accepting horses for all but emergency treatment until the risk of infection is over. The infected horse has been moved to an isolation facility for treatment and other horses at the Corvallis hospital are being monitored for signs of the disease, the university announced Tuesday. It will be at least Monday before the veterinary hospital begins accepting horses again for non-emergency treatment.
October 21, 2015 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Wakulla County, FL Information Only
A new case in Wakulla County was confirmed on the October 15th with EEE. The horse had no previous vaccine or travel history and has passed on. This is the first confirmed case in Wakulla County and the 20th case in Florida since the beginning of the year.
October 21, 2015 West Nile Virus Hernando and Lee Counties, FL Information Only
A new case in Hernando County was confirmed on the October 16th and in Lee County was confirmed on October 15th with WNV. Both cases were previously unvaccinated and had no travel history. One animal is recovering and one has passed on. This is the first confirmed case in both counties and the second and third case in Florida since the beginning of the year.