International Equine Disease Report, Fourth Quarter 2010

International reports of contagious equine metritis, equine herpesvirus, equine influenza, strangles, equine piroplasmosis, equine arteritis virus, Eastern equine encephalomyelitis, West Nile virus, salmonella, and more.

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The International Collating Center, Newmarket, United Kingdom, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks in the fourth quarter* of 2010.

Contagious equine metritis (CEM) was reported in Germany (two mares) and France (one case). No evidence of T. equigenitalis was found in 292 stallions (114 Quarter Horses) located in 28 states in the U.S. that were screened as part of a voluntary testing program by USDA Animal Plant Inspection Service Veterinary Services.

Isolated cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) related respiratory disease were diagnosed in Germany and Italy. Cases of EHV-1 abortion were confirmed in Argentina (two), Japan (five cases on four premises), South Africa (15 cases on five premises), France (one), Germany (one), UK (two), and the U.S. (six in Kentucky).

Two cases of EHV-1 related neurologic disease in trotters were diagnosed in France. An outbreak in the U.K. involved 10 of 40 horses in a livery stable; nine were successfully treated. France recorded outbreaks of EHV-1 respiratory and neurologic disease on three premises, characterized by fever, anorexia, coughing, and nasal discharge accompanied by neurologic signs of varying severity. An additional two cases were confirmed in foals; one died

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