Additional WNV Treatment Receives Conditional License

In the treatment of horses suffering from the West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company announced the product’s availability on Dec. 13, 2004.

Serum antibody products help animals that have been exposed to a disease by increasing th

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In the treatment of horses suffering from the West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company announced the product’s availability on Dec. 13, 2004.

Serum antibody products help animals that have been exposed to a disease by increasing the antibody level against the disease in the circulatory system. This enhances the animal’s ability to neutralize virus. The Colorado Serum product is the third WNV serum or plasma product to receive conditional approval from the USDA. Randall J. Berrier, DVM, director of Veterinary Services at Colorado Serum Company, explained that the new product is ready to use straight from the bottle (once it has been warmed to room or body temperature), and it does not require pre-treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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