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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.


August 01, 2016
Potomac Horse Fever
Frederick County, MD
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Potomac Horse Fever has been confirmed in two horses in Frederick County, Marlyand, one of which has died from the disease. Both horses had been vaccinated. The second horse is being treated by a private veterinarian and is expected to recover. For more information go to: http://news.maryland.gov/mda/press-release/2016/07/29/potomac-horse-fever-detected-in-maryland/
July 28, 2016
West Nile Virus
Carter County, OK
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The first reported WNV positive horse has been confirmed for 2016 in Oklahoma. The 4 year old QH mare located in Carter County was showing mild neurologic signs including hind limb ataxia. Vaccination history is unknown.
July 27, 2016
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Greenville and Horry Counties, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of two new equine cases of EEE on 7/26/16. One of these cases is in Greenville County and is the first confirmed case in the Upstate in 2016. This confirmation comes after the first confirmed case in the Midlands in Kershaw County the week of 7/15/16, providing solid evidence that the risk to SC horses from EEE at this time is not confined to our coastal counties but is indeed statewide. The Greenville county case was a 10-year-old QH. The second new case was a 5-year-old QH in Horry County. This is the 4th confirmed case in Horry County in 2016. Neither of these horses had been vaccinated according to label instructions and neither survived. The total number of confirmed cases in SC in 2016 is now 11.
July 26, 2016
West Nile Virus
Yakima County, WA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is reporting that a two-year-old Andalusian mixed breed mare in Yakima County is the first horse in Washington to contract West Nile virus this year. The horse was not vaccinated for the disease and is showing neurologic signs of the illness including stumbling and difficulties eating. For more information go to http://agr.wa.gov/News/2016/16-15.aspx
July 22, 2016
West Nile Virus
Garden County, NE
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The first case of equine WNV has been reported to Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The horse was a 3 year old, unvaccinated quarter horse mare from Garden County NE. The horse was neurologic and unresponsive to treatment and was euthanized.
July 22, 2016
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Chesapeake County, VA
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
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 mare from Chesapeake, contracted the disease one day and died the next. Vaccination history is unknown. All three horses have been from the Tidewater area. For more information go to: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/animals-eastern-equine-encephalitis.shtml
July 22, 2016
Strangles
Marion County, FL
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
On July 21, one premise in Marion County, Florida was placed under quarantine for strangles. The owner recently purchased the horse in Tennessee. The horse became clinical one day after arriving in Florida on July 15. No animals have left the facility since clinical signs began. This is the third case in Marion County and the 18th case for Florida in 2016
July 21, 2016
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Washington County, FL
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
On July 20, a new EEE case was confirmed in Washington County, Florida. The adult pony had no known vaccine history and no recent travel history. Clinical signs began on July 9 and the horse was euthanized for humane reasons the same day. This is the second confirmed EEE case in Washington County and case 13 in Florida for 2016.
July 15, 2016
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Berkley County, SC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
The State Veterinarian’s office received laboratory confirmation of another new equine case of EEE on 7/15/16. A five-year-old Mustang mare located in Berkley County was confirmed today. This horse was unvaccinated and did not survive. This is the first confirmed case in Berkley County this year. The total number of confirmed cases in SC in 2016 is now 9.
July 15, 2016
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Jackson County, FL
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
On July 15, a new EEE case was confirmed in Jackson County, Florida. The 8 year old mustang mare had no known vaccine history and no recent travel history. Clinical signs began on July 6 and the horse was euthanized for humane reasons the following day. This is the first confirmed EEE case in Jackson County and the twelfth confirmed case in Florida for 2016.