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.
WNV in Washington State
The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic lab has confirmed two more cases of West Nile virus. A 6-month-old Quarter Horse filly with no vaccination history was confirmed positive in Spokane County; her prognosis is good. A 10-year-old Quarter Horse mare with unknown vaccination history was confirmed positive in Stevens County; her prognosis is good.
17th WNV Case in Minnesota
The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed the 17th case of West Nile virus for 2016. The unvaccinated 18-year-old Quarter Horse mare was first observed showing clinical signs on September 15 in Olmstead County. The mare is recovering.
Fifth Oklahoma WNV Case in 2016
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has confirmed two more WNV-positive horses, bringing the total up to five for 2016. A yearling Quarter Horse colt, located in Grant County, was showing severe neurologic signs. Vaccination history is unknown. A yearling Quarter Horse filly, located in McClain County, was showing severe neurologic signs and was euthanized. Vaccination history is unknown.
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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