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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
October 17, 2015 Vesicular Stomatitis Central Wyoming College, WY Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Two horses at the Central Wyoming College equine center have contracted the vesicular stomatitis virus, sending the facility into quarantine for at least two weeks. Livestock will not be allowed in or out of the equine center during the quarantine. All clinics have been cancelled, and the CWC rodeo team will not work with livestock until the quarantine is lifted.
October 15, 2015 Strangles St. John's County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Strangles Case in St. Johns County, Florida A new strangles premise on October 15th. The horses had been clinical for about one week and another horse had strangles (unreported) in the past according to the reporting veterinarian. Two of the twenty horses on the premise where clinical but all horses were allowed to intermingle in a common pasture. The premise has been placed under quarantine. This is the second case for St. Johns County and the 28th case for Florida in 2015.
October 15, 2015 Strangles Broward County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Two New Strangles cases in Broward County, Florida A new strangles cases in Broward County originally reported by a referral veterinarian hospital. The owner of the referred horse had been trying to self treat since early August when the horse arrived from Texas. The referred horse was diagnosed with purpura hemorrhagica. Upon inspection of the index premise, three of three remaining horses were clinical to varying degrees. An additional horse at the index premise had moved two days prior to another location with three other horses. Both properties were placed under quarantine. These are the first two cases for Broward County and the 26th and 27th cases for Florida in 2015.
October 13, 2015 Strangles Hillsborough County, FL Information Only
Three New Strangles cases in Hillsborough County Florida. On the first premise, one out of 47 horses is affected. The affected horse was pasture mates with another horse that moved prior to the original horse displaying clinical signs of submandibular swelling and abscess drainage which started on October 7th. The pasture mate has a fever but no clinical signs at the time. The third premise has a horse that came from a kill facility in another state. The horse arrived symptom free per the reporting veterinarian. .All three premises have been placed under quarantine. These are the first three cases for Hillsborough County and the 23nd through 25th case for the State in 2015.
October 13, 2015 West Nile Virus Marion County, FL Information Only
A new case in Marion County has been confirmed with WNV. The one year old, unvaccinated Thoroughbred had not been off the property in the past 6 weeks. Clinical signs began September 28th and the horse is currently being treated symptomatically. The case was confirmed positive on October 6th. This is the first confirmed case in Marion County and the first positive in Florida since the beginning of the year.
October 12, 2015 West Nile Virus Eagle Point, OR Information Only
A horse from Eagle Point, Oregon, sampled on September 25th , has tested positive for WNv. Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis confirmed the positive GO TO: http://jcvcd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/9-30-15-Horse-WNV-Press-Release.pdf
October 12, 2015 West Nile Virus Crittenden and Nelson Counties, KY Information Only
The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office announced Oct. 9 that two additional horses—one from Crittenden County and one from Nelson County—have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the commonwealth’s total for the year to eight.
October 11, 2015 Vesicular Stomatitis Logan County, CO Information Only
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – As of 10/7/2015, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 42 locations in 14 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). Go To: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agmain/news/1082015-vesicular-stomatitis-vs-update-–-positive-diagnosis-fourteen-colorado-counties
October 06, 2015 Equine Herpes Viruses Parx Racing, PA Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
An equine herpesvirus quarantine at Parx Racing will remain in place until Oct. 29, provided no other horses test positive for the disease.
October 03, 2015 Eastern Equine Encephalitis Chesapeake, VA Information Only
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a Virginia horse this year. The horse, a 19-week-old Racking filly, was from Chesapeake. Because of its young age, it had not been vaccinated yet. The horse was euthanized September 24 due to the severity of the illness.