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Video of Press Conference on Equine Herpes Virus in Wellington Offered at No Charge
Wellington, FL – December 16, 2006 – This morning at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center and home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, hundreds of Wellington equestrians from every discipline gathered for a press conference. Dr. Maureen Long of the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Michael Short from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture, Dr. Scott Swerdlin of Palm Beach Equine Clinic, and Dr. Dix Harrell, the USDA ... Read the full article

Equine Viral Arteritis Outbreak Reported in New Mexico
On Monday June 26, 2006, the Office International des Epizooties (O.I.E.) Reference Laboratory for Equine Viral Arteritis at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, confirmed an outbreak of equine arteritis virus infection involving fetal losses among mares on a Quarter Horse breeding farm in New Mexico. This was based on the widespread prevalence of high antibody levels to the virus in both ma ... Read the full article

SilverClene 24 Disinfectant Spray Samples Available at Conference on Equine Herpes Virus
Wellington, FL – December 15, 2006 – On Saturday, December 16, at 10 a.m., USDA Government Veterinarian, Dr. Julie Gauthier, will meet with Wellington equestrians, community members, and members of the media to discuss the Equine Rhinopneumonitis Virus. The disease, also known as Equine Herpes Virus or EHV, is a highly infectious viral disease that may be affecting the Wellington community. In an effort to help the community, EquiFit, Inc. has se ... Read the full article

USDA Re-Publishes Proposed Rules for Permanent Private Quarantine Facilities
WASHINGTON, DC - The USDA re-published an updated proposal on December 13, 2006, that would permit the establishment and operation of permanent, privately-owned quarantine facilities under certain conditions. The horse industry is an international industry and increasingly more foreign horses are being brought into the U.S. for racing, showing, sale and breeding and often there are not enough quarantine spaces to accommodate them all. “There are ... Read the full article

American Horse Council Reminds Horse Industry to Participate in 2007 USDA Census Of Agriculture
WASHINGTON, DC December 4, 2007 – The American Horse Council (AHC) is reminding all members of the horse owning community to participate in the 2007 Census of Agriculture being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA census, taken every five years, is a count of U.S. farms, ranches and the people who operate them. A link to the Census can be found on the front page of the AHC’s web site: www.horsecouncil.org The USDA r ... Read the full article

Fort Dodge Animal Health Announces Approval of West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine for Horses
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth (NYSE:WYE), today announced the licensure of West Nile- Innovator(R) DNA, a novel vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus. Fort Dodge's development of this product, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, represents a tremendous milestone in DNA science and technology, as it is ... Read the full article

West Nile Virus Remains Serious Threat For Unprotected Horses
1,341 U.S. Cases Reported in 2004: Equine Health Experts Urge Vaccination OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite extensive media coverage of equine West Nile virus -- as well as the availability of a vaccine for horses -- the potentially deadly disease continues to threaten equines, with 1,341 new cases reported in 38 different states from January through mid-December in 2004. Equine health experts continue to appeal to horse owners ... Read the full article

Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon on Hold Until Virus Clears
Wellington, FL - December 26, 2006 – In light of the recent outbreak of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), organizers of this years Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon™ have postponed the event originally scheduled for January 6, 2007. Samantha Charles, publisher of Sidelines Magazine regretfully announced, “At this time, I am afraid that we are on hold for the Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon to benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation,” she said. “Due to ... Read the full article

Preventative Medicine Key to Keeping Horses Healthy
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FOSH Representatives Attend United States Department of Agriculture Teleconference Meeting
The USDA meeting addressed many aspects of animal care regulation for which the USDA is responsible. The meeting was not solely focused upon the Horse Protection Act. Representatives of Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) recently participated via teleconference in a Stakeholder meeting on Animal Care sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on May 20. The primary presenters were Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Deputy ... Read the full article

American Horse Council Supports USDA Proposal for Permanent, Privately-Owned Quarantine Facilities
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Horse Council (AHC) submitted comments supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rules that would permit the establishment and operation of permanent, privately-owned quarantine facilities.The AHC has been calling for the USDA to re-publish the rule proposal that was originally proposed more than four years ago to respond to the need for more import facilities through privately-operated stations ... Read the full article

Introduction of Equine Influenza Virus Vaccine
Merial Introduces RECOMBITEK® Equine Influenza Virus VaccineEliminates viral shedding and helps protect against current threatDULUTH, Ga. — December 18, 2006 — Today Merial announced the addition of RECOMBITEK® Equine Influenza Virus vaccine to its recombinant vaccine line — the first and only equine influenza vaccine that uses canarypox-vectored technology in the United States. RECOMBITEK Equine Influenza Virus vaccine is proven against a recent ... Read the full article

GenoMed's Second Horse Recovers Quickly from Presumed West Nile Virus Encephalitis
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GenoMed (Pink Sheets: GMED), a Next Generation Disease Management company that uses genomics to solve diseases in as many species as possible, today announced that the second horse in its expanded trial for West Nile virus encephalitis recovered completely within 72 hours after starting GenoMed's treatment.On Saturday afternoon this past weekend, a horse owner in Idaho telephoned Dr. Randy Bean to say ... Read the full article

West Nile Virus is a Threat to Unvaccinated Horses
Experts anticipate early arrival of West Nile -- horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate prior to mosquito season OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As spring approaches and temperatures rise, growing mosquito populations will increase the risk for deadly mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus and equine encephalomyelitis (Sleeping Sickness).Since its discovery in the United States in 1999, West Nile virus has spread rapid ... Read the full article

FOSH Publishes Horse Protection Act Suspension List on its Public Website
Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) is pleased to announce that it has developed an Internet webpage for reporting all current Horse Protection Act (HPA) suspensions. Under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Horse Protection Operating Plan for 2007-2009 signed in mid 2007 by most of the horse industry organizations (HIOs) with USDA-certified inspection programs, all signatories agreed to provide their “most recent list, or a combined ... Read the full article

Equine Herpesvirus Information Available Free
Due to the recent outbreak of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), TheHorse.com is making available a series of articles on equine herpesvirus as PDF downloads, sponsored by Pfizer as a Special On-line Report.Article topics are: “Herpes by the Numbers” (which explains the most common types of herpesviruses that affect horses), “Neurologic Herpesvirus”, “Herpesvirus Vaccination”, “EHV Latency” (horses can carry the virus and appear normal, the ... Read the full article

USDA Seeks Comment on NAIS Documents Affecting How Horses are Handled
WASHINGTON, DC - The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have requested comments on National Animal Identification System (NAIS) documents that will affect how livestock, including horses, are handled within the program. The NAIS is a voluntary identification system intended to control the spread of disease and to minimize the negative impact of a disease outbreak on the livestock industry ... Read the full article

Huge Crowd Gathers as Stadium Jumping, Inc. Hosts EHV–1 Experts
Wellington, FL – January 4, 2007 – Stadium Jumping, Inc. hosted a meeting in The Jockey Club at the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds to discuss the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak. Approximately 500 concerned horsemen attended and many pertinent questions were asked of the panel.Dr. Doug Byars, former head of Internal Medicine at Hagyard, Davis and McGee in Lexington, Kentucky, was brought in to monitor the progress and process in whi ... Read the full article

2007 FEI-Level Trainers' Conference Cancelled Due to EHV1 Virus
After continuous monitoring of the EHV1 virus outbreak in the Wellington, Florida area, USDF regrets to inform you that the FEI Level Trainers’ Conference scheduled for January 14-15 has been cancelled. Also cancelled is the associated Biomechanics of the Pyramid of Training and Saddle Fitting Seminar. USDF intends to hold an FEI Level Trainers’ Conference in January 2008. Although the risk of additional transmission of the disease is low, USDF ... Read the full article

Vaccination can help keep trail horses healthy, safe
Trail riding can be fun and relaxing, but it can also leave horses exposed to disease, especially if they are traveling to a new area or haven’t been given the proper vaccinations to help protect them from local disease threats. “Whenever horses travel, they can be exposed to disease — either from contact with other horses or disease agents in the area,” says April Knudson, DVM, manager, Veterinary Services, Merial. “Even though they may not trav ... Read the full article




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