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Disease Outbreak Alerts

Updates on current disease outbreaks are listed here as they occur and will include the date listed, disease name, location and current status. Specific premises will not be named but the general location by town, county and state will be listed. When locations, events or horses are at risk they will be listed. Updates will be posted as they are received.


Date Disease Location Status
July 18, 2017 Equine Infectious Anemia St. Andrews and Hanover Municipalities, MB Investigation Initiated
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On July 11, 2017 two  new cases of EIA were confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for horses on two separate premises in the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and Hanover in  the province of Manitoba (MB). Both animals had been sampled by their accredited veterinarian to comply with an event pre-entry requirement and clinical signs were not reported. CFIA investigations have been initiated at both premises and work is being done to identify and test other potential contacts as per current policy.  The infected animals will be euthanized.

July 18, 2017 Equine Infectious Anemia Red Deer County, AB Investigation Initiated
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On July 5, 2017 a positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the Canada Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a newly affected premises in Red Deer County, Alberta (AB). This animal was tested by the CFIA as part of an ongoing investigation as it had recently resided with a clinically ill EIA-infected horse. As per the current program policy, the CFIA will be identifying and testing susceptible contact animals and the infected horse will be euthanized.

July 14, 2017 Strangles Osceola County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On July 14, one premise in Osceola County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of strangles. The index case became clinical around July 9th. One of the six horses on the property were clinical at time of quarantine. This the second case for Osceola County and case 26 for Florida in 2017

July 13, 2017 West Nile Virus Kern County, CA Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture

California has confirmed the first case of equine West Nile Virus for 2017. A 14 month old Quarter Horse filly with unknown vaccination history in Kern County, CA has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. Due to the severity of clinical signs, the horse has been euthanized. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA )continually monitors and investigates equine neurologic cases for the presence of WNV in California. The CDFA urges horse owners to consult their veterinarian concerning a WNV vaccination program to ensure maximum protection of their horses. For more information visit https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/WNV_Info.html

July 10, 2017 West Nile Virus Wythe County, VA Confirmed Case(s): No Quarantine
Source: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) identified a 10-year old Saddlebred gelding, from Wythe County as the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2017. The positive was confirmed at the National Veterinary Service Laboratories on Friday July 7, 2017. It is the first case in Virginia since August 2015. Symptoms included loss of control of bodily movements and partial paralysis in the hind limbs, dazed appearance and lack of ability to stand. The horse, which was not vaccinated, was euthanized due to the severity of the disease. For more information go to:   https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/DiseaseFactsheet_WNV.pdf

 

July 07, 2017 Strangles Pinellas County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On July 7, one premise in Pinellas County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of strangles.  The index case became clinical in June 30th. One of the five horses on the property were clinical at time of quarantine. This the first case for Pinellas County and case 25 for Florida in 2017.

July 03, 2017 Strangles Levy County, FL Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

On July 3, one premise in Levy County, Florida was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of strangles.  The index case became clinical in late June. Eleven of the 59 horses on the property were clinical at time of quarantine. This the second case for Levy County and case 24 for Florida in 2017.

June 30, 2017 Equine Herpes Viruses Bucks County, PA Quarantine Released
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

On Friday, June 30, the PA Department of Agriculture released the EHM quarantine in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  This was the index premises, a small private home barn.  One other closely related barn was also under quarantine, but that quarantine was released on June 20.  No additional cases beyond the index case, which was euthanized, were identified during this quarantine.

June 27, 2017 Corona Virus Sarpy County, NE Confirmed case(s): Quarantine
Source: Attending Veterinarian

Six cases of Equine Coronavirus have been confirmed at Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy in Sarpy County, Nebraska. Clinical signs began on June 11th; the horse was immediately quarantined and was confirmed positive for coronavirus on the 16th. Since the initial diagnosis, three additional horses have tested positive and two horses are being treated as positive due to similar symptoms. There has been one fatality. The facility is currently under quarantine and there has been no movement of horses in or out since June 12th. For more information on this outbreak go to http://hetra.org/hetra-horse-illness-update/

June 26, 2017 Equine Infectious Anemia Armstrong municipality, MB Investigation Initiated
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

On June 23, 2017 a positive EIA result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a newly affected premises in the rural municipality of Armstrong in the province of Manitoba. This animal had been sampled by the CFIA as part of an ongoing investigation that began in the rural municipality of St. Clements earlier this month. The infected horse had previous contact with the animals on the index premises and was not exhibiting any obvious clinical signs. As per the current program policy, the CFIA will be testing susceptible animals on the newly identified premises in Armstrong. The infected animal had recently attended some commingling events where mandatory EIA testing was not required by organizers. The event organizers have been notified by the CFIA of the potential exposure and it has been strongly recommended that they  inform other participants of the risk.