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.
Minnesota WNV Horse is Recovering
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed on Sept. 13 a West Nile virus infection in a 2-year old Quarter Horse gelding in Newfolden (Marshall County). The unvaccinated horse, which had neurologic signs, is recovering.
EEE in Wisconsin
Wisconsin on Sept. 13 confirmed another positive equine case of EEE. The middle-aged, unvaccinated Haflinger gelding from Waupaca County was found down with neurologic signs on September 6 and tested. He did not respond to treatment and was euthanized on September 7. That was the third confirmed equine EEE case in Wisconsin this year.
Third 2016 WNV Case in Oklahoma
The third reported WNV-positive horse has been confirmed for 2016 in Oklahoma. The 16-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, located in Jackson County, was showing severe neurologic signs, including hind limb ataxia, at the time of reporting. His vaccination history is unknown.
Two WNV Cases in New York State
Two cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in New York state. The first was an 18-year-old mare from Lisbon, which had depression, blindness, difficulty eating and ataxia. The mare eventually went down and was euthanized on August 24. The second case was an unvaccinated, 23-year-old gelding from Manorville that had front leg weakness, which progressed to both front legs. The gelding went down and exhibited whole body tremors. Horse was euthanized on September 2. WNV was confirmed in both cases through serology at Cornell University.
14th WNV Case in Minnesota for 2016
The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine has reported a 14th confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2016. The 3-year-old Shire filly, located in Goodhue County, began showing clinical signs on August 30. The week before clinical signs were seen, the filly was a the Iowa State Fair. The filly was unvaccinated and is currently recovering. For more information go to https://www.bah.state.mn.us/horses/.
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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