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.
Equine Strangles in Lake County, Florida
On May 20, 2017, one premise in Lake County, Florida, was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR for strangles. The index case became clinical on May 18, approximately three weeks after arriving from Bastrop, Louisiana. No horses have left the premises since clinical signs began and the horse was properly isolated upon arrival. This the first case for Lake County and case 21 for Florida in 2017. To date in 2017, 16 of the 21 strangles cases have direct epidemiological links to the horses sold at the Bastrop, Louisiana, facility and the individuals who distribute them throughout the country.
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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