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An Unwelcome Sign of Summer: Vesicular Stomatitis

Katie LobertiAnimal Health, Livestock diseases Leave a Comment

Imagine looking forward to spending time with your horses during the summer, but finding them drooling with blistered tongues and muzzles. Unfortunately, this is what some farmers and equestrians in southwestern and midwestern areas of the United States are experiencing this summer because of an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS). VS is a zoonotic disease—caused by the VS virus (VSV)—and …

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Getting Stung: Mosquitoes, EEE and Biosecurity

Samantha ShieldsAnimal Health, Livestock diseases Leave a Comment

Mosquitoes are stealthy pests, but red itchy bumps are not the only thing they leave behind. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses like the one that causes eastern equine encephalitis (EEE or Triple E). Although outbreaks of EEE are not widespread across the United States, the disease can be devastating. An Uncommon but Serious Disease Eastern equine encephalitis is an uncommon but …

Two horses touching noses

Limiting the Spread of Equine Herpesvirus-1

Samantha ShieldsAnimal Health, Livestock diseases Leave a Comment

Both voluntary and official quarantines are used to limit the spread of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). For a month beginning the week prior to Thanksgiving 2019, both types of movement restriction were implemented in several parts of the country. Case reports can be found on the disease outbreak alert page maintained by the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC). The Impacts of …

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Don’t Let Your Horse Eat Red Maple Leaves

Samantha ShieldsAnimal Health

The red maple (Acer rubrum) is one of the most common and widespread native deciduous trees of eastern and central North America. These fast growing trees are usually planted for their beautiful red leaf color in the fall season, and as a shade tree. However, the fallen leaves could be deadly for horses. Ingestion of wilted or dry leaves by …

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Vesicular Stomatitis Impacts Livestock Exhibitions

Samantha ShieldsAnimal Health, Livestock diseases Leave a Comment

Summer and fall are the times of year when many livestock producers participate in fairs, exhibitions and shows. However, it is not the time to be lax about biosecurity measures given the ongoing risks of commingling animals at these events. Horses and other livestock being hauled to and from exhibitions may contribute to spreading vesicular stomatitis (VS) and other highly …