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2 VA Horses Positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1

From the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services On Aug. 11, a horse exhibiting neurologic signs was transported to the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg from Culpeper. The horse was immediately isolated from the hospital population and has not come into contact with any other patients. On Aug. 12, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Animal Health Lab in Warrenton confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). The horse remains isolated while undergoing supportive care. On Aug. 14, a second horse from the same farm developed a fever and neurologic symptoms and was euthanized. VDACS’ Animal Health Lab confirmed a diagnosis of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). The farm is under quarantine. The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center employed strict biosecurity measures and disinfection upon arrival and will continue to do so during the entirety of the horse’s hospitalization. The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center is operating normally.   Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death and/or neurologic disease. The neurologic disease caused by the neurologic strain of EHV-1 is called Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). There have been no new cases of EHM in Culpeper or elsewhere in Virginia. The infected horses originated from a small private farm in Culpeper County. All exposed horses are under quarantine and are being monitored...

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NEW Innovations and Technologies in Vet Medicine at EMC

by Michael Erskine, DVM, DABVP (Equine)  Director & Clinical Associate Professor As Director of the Equine Medical Center (EMC), I am pleased to announce that we are introducing a new series in the Equiery on innovation and technology in veterinary medicine. Over the next eleven months, EMC will be highlighting new technologies, innovative treatments and cutting edge diagnostics that can help to ensure good health and maximum performance of your horse. Because academic medical centers have multidisciplinary expertise, collaboration, dedicated time for scholarship and discovery, and significant financial support, they have historically been the place where advanced technologies and...

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

     FOALS! What you need to know NOW. It’s that time of year when joy and cuteness enter the world in the form of a long-legged, lanky adorable foal. Are you prepared for ensuring a healthy foal delivery? Tips & timeframes from Drs. Krista Estell and Elizabeth MacDonald of our neonatal intensive care unit: The first few hours of a foal’s life are critical. A newborn foal can deteriorate very rapidly, requiring immediate medical intervention. A newborn foal should: •  breathe independently within seconds of birth •  be on their feet within one hour •  be nursing on...

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Contained: Anne Arundel County Equine Herpes Virus-1

As of today, Friday, April 7, 2017, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, there have been no new cases of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) reported since April 4, when one horse stabled in Anne Arundel County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus. The farm was placed on 21-day investigational hold when the first case was confirmed on April 4 and strict biosecurity measures are in place to ensure that no visitors or vendors carry the disease onto other farms. There has been no movement of horses on or off the farm since that date. The...

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Averting an Equine Health Crisis; CANCELLED: 2017 Maryland National Horse Show

We must keep in mind the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Click here to read The Equiery‘s first 2017 Equine Herpes health alert.) In what is undoubtedly a proactive and cautious move, management of the 2017 Maryland National Horse Show [Belfield Farm Show Management], which was to be held this weekend, has canceled the show this evening via their Facebook page:In the best interest of our friends, trainers , exhibitors and equines we feel we need to cancel our Maryland National Horse Show. [Thursday, April 6- Sunday, April 9, 2017] The Equiery...

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Anne Arundel County Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpes Virus

THIS JUST IN FROM THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: A horse stabled in ANNE ARUNDEL County has tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). On the evening of April 2, the horse was transported to Marion DuPont Scott Equine Health Center in Leesburg, Va., where it exhibited severe neurological signs, and was euthanized shortly after arrival. Diagnosis of EHV-1 was confirmed today, April 4, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Animal Health Lab in Warrenton, Va. The farm is presently under a 21-day investigational hold and strict biosecurity measures are in place while...

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