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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 16, 2018
Strangles
Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington, NY
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Racing officials and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets have quarantined Barn 19 as a precaution at the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, NY along with one training stable in Ontario Co, NY due to one confirmed case of strangles. The affected horse became clinically ill on July 10, 2018 after leaving Finger Lakes Race Track on July 8, 2018. Both quarantined premises have biosecurity procedures in place. Horses in Barn 19 will not be allowed to race until July 29, 2018 but will be allowed to train under certain restrictions. If there are any confirmed cases or signs consistent with Strangles found, the quarantine may be extended. Officials will continue to monitor the situation. 

 

July 13, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Saskatchewan, SK
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System

The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System has confirmed a case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Saskatchewan. An unvaccinated 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding presented with hind end ataxia with no improvement on anti-inflammatory treatment. The index case tested negative on PCR but showed a high antibody titre for EHV-1/4 on ELISA. The other 6 horses on the premises tested negative and none have been moved off the premises since the diagnosis was made, however, the positive horse was present at a roping/rodeo event in Alberta just prior to diagnosis. Exact event is unknown (according to https://www.avenuecalgary.com/Things-to-Do/Small-Town-Summer-Rodeos-Alberta/, possible events include Wainwright Stampede, Guy Weadick Days (High River), and Sundre Pro Rodeo). For more information go to https://www.cahss.ca/surveillance/equine/

July 13, 2018
Strangles
Oldham County, KY
Information Only
Source: The Kentucky Department of Agriculture

On Friday, July 13, 2018, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture released a statement confirming Strangles in a horse in Oldham County, Kentucky.  The horse presented with fever and nasal discharge on July 2, 2018.  The diagnosis was confirmed via PCR testing on July 6, 2018. Movement restrictions have been imposed by the State Veterinarian.  No other horses have presented with clinical symptoms and the affected horse is improving daily. Monitoring will continue on the premises with updates as needed. To learn more about Strangles, visit https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet-Strep_equi.pdf 

July 13, 2018
Equine Infectious Anemia
Dallas and McLennan Counties, TX
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: Texas Animal Health Commission

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in one Dallas County Standardbred horse and one McLennan County Quarter Horse. The positive horses have been euthanized and the premises will remain under quarantine until requirements for release have been met. TAHC staff is working closely with owners and veterinarians to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures.

July 11, 2018
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Onslow County, NC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a 13-year old, unvaccinated, female chestnut draft mix located in Onslow County, North Carolina. This is the second case of EEE in North Carolina for 2018.

July 11, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
San Mateo County, CA
Quarantine Released
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture

On July 11, 2018, the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the San Mateo County Premises from quarantine. The premises had been quarantined since June 26, 2018 after a confirmed case of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy case.

July 11, 2018
Equine Infectious Anemia
Montgomery County, MD
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: The Maryland Department of Agriculture

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the Maryland Department of Agriculture confirmed one case of Equine Infectious Anemia in Montgomery County. The positive horse was discovered during a routine wellness examination by a private veterinarian. The infected horse did not display any clinical symptoms, but was determined to be in the carrier state of the disease. The positive diagnosis was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory on Monday, July 9, 2018. The infected horse will be euthanized. The State Veterinarian's Office has placed the facility under quarantine and will retest after 60 days to make sure no more horses test positive.

July 09, 2018
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Richmond County, NC
Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed the state's first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a 4-year-old Quarter Horse stallion in Richmond County, North Carolina. The horse showed clinical signs consistent with serology for a presumptive diagnosis and has been euthanized. The horse was reportedly owner-vaccinated with the last vaccine given in April 2017. For more information go to http://files.constantcontact.com/73eadc13601/7629eb55-4a23-4ff3-a516-e6ebb42b9644.pdf

July 09, 2018
Equine Herpes Viruses
Buffalo County, NE
Confirmed Case(s): Voluntary Quarantine
Source: Office of The Nebraska State Veterinarian

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Nebraska State Veterinarian’s Office received a report of a neurologic horse that tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus-1 in Buffalo County, NE. The horse will be euthanized. The facility is currently under voluntary quarantine with appropriate biosecurity in place.

July 05, 2018
Equine Infectious Anemia
Kay County, OK
Confirmed case(s): Official Quarantine
Source: The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODAFF) has confirmed the first EIA positive horse for 2018 in Oklahoma. The 16 year old QH mare located in Kay County was euthanized. The horse was recently purchased from an Alabama sale barn without a current coggins test and then sold to a rescue facility in OK. There is a quarantine in place at the Oklahoma facility.