The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC.
Second EIA Case in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture (ODAFF) has confirmed a second EIA positive horse for 2016. The 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding located in McCurtain County was euthanized. Past EIA test history for this horse is unknown. ODAFF recommends regular EIA testing for all horses, including those that do not leave the property, at least every three years. For more information visit http://www.oda.state.ok.us.
WNV in Wisconsin
West Nile virus was confirmed in two horses. One was an unvaccinated, 15-month-old Belgian gelding from Clark County. The gelding started showing signs (mild stumbling) on August 29. The second was an unvaccinated, 12-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Rusk County that had trouble getting up and was ataxic on August 22. Both horses are improving.
The Equine Disease Communication Center works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.
The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.
Working in cooperation with state animal health officials and the United State Department of Agriculture, the EDCC seeks information about current disease outbreaks from news media, social media, official state reports and veterinary practitioners. Once information is confirmed, it is immediately posted on this website and messages sent to all states and horse organizations by email. Daily updates are posted until each outbreak is contained or deemed no longer a threat.
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