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. The following reports are in chronological order from most recent to oldest from previous reports.
Louisiana Horse Distributor Source of Florida Strangles
On February 9, one premise in Columbia County, Florida, was placed under quarantine for strangles. The index case was recently purchased from a known distributor of horses from the Bastrop, Louisiana-based facility. The distributor makes requests on Facebook for places for rescued horses until permanent homes can be located. This is a spinoff from horses coming from the Bastrop Kill Pen in Louisiana. Horse owners are advised to perform due diligence before accepting any of these horses. Horses coming to Florida with strangles have recently been traced back to this distributor and have infected owner’s resident horses. This is the first case for both Columbia County and case 10 for Florida in 2017.
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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