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Equine Canada Health Advisory – Biosecurity Update on EHM in Ontario

Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 27, 2015 -- The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has confirmed a case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ont. Read the full OMAFRA story here.

Biosecurity Practices Initiated at Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships

UPDATE – October 8, 2014 -- The sample collected from the horse which had briefly attended the CIEC last week was confirmed as EHV1 positive. All sanitary and isolation precautions should be maintained as recommended and outlined in the information below.

Blainville, QC, October 7, 2014 — The veterinary team and organizing committee at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships (CIEC), held October 1–5, 2014 at the Blainville Equestrian Park in Blainville, QC, were informed on October 2, 2014, that two horses which had been presented for potential participation as borrowed horses had come from the same farm as a horse which had to be hospitalised at the University of Montreal Veterinary School’s isolation facility for a neurologic disease and which consequently tested positive for equine herpes virus. Read more...

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wellington County

September 23, 2014 ---
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a positive test result for West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse from Wellington County. Read more...

The U.S. has reported the finding of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), in the State of Texas

May 30, 2014 --- Therefore, as in previous outbreaks, the restrictions which will be applied shortly are:  Read more...

Equine Herpes case: Restrictions in place. Training at Woodbine to continue; Standardbred racing not affected.

March 27, 2014 --- There has been a report of EHV-1 in a 5 year old thoroughbred filly residing in Barn 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. The horse showed neurological signs on Thursday March 13 but did not have a fever. Read more...

Agriculture Department Issues Equine Herpesvirus Quarantine for Bucks County Race Track

Nov. 13, 2013 -- Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today issued a strict quarantine order at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Bucks County, after a horse stabled at the track tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1. Read more...

Health Alert — Horses in Southern Alberta Diagnosed with Pigeon Fever

(Reprinted with permission from The Western Producer, written by Barb Glen, Lethbridge Bureau.)

Ottawa, October 9, 2013 -- More than 10 horses in southern Alberta have been diagnosed with pigeon fever this fall, an illness so-named for the common symptom of swellings in the chest. Read more...

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed in Ontario

August 16, 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) was notified of a confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in one horse in Simcoe County. Read more...

Potomac Horse Fever Cases in Ontario

OMAF has become aware of two cases of Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) in Ontario as of early August 2013. Samples collected from an anorexic and febrile horse in Essex County confirmed that the horse was suffering from PHF. Read more...

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile in Oakville

Residents are being advised to cover-up and reduce mosquito breeding sites after a group of the blood sucking insects tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Oakville last week. Read more...

Update from the Ontario Racing Commission

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) announced that there have been five confirmed reports of the neurotrophic form of EHV-1 in thoroughbreds residing in Barn 1 at Woodbine Racetrack. Read more

Semen and Mare Imports

Canada’s import requirements regarding semen and mares returning from the United States will remain unchanged for 2013 until one year after the United States Department of Agriculture has declared the United States to be Contagious Equine Metritis free (CEM).

Update from HITS Ocala

February 28, 2013 — There is still only one confirmed nEHV-1 case at HITS Ocala, FL, and the horse was isolated at that time and is still recovering and in stable condition at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, FL. On the evening of Feb. 26, 2013, a horse who had shown on the HITS Post Time Farm show grounds in Ocala tested positive for EHV-1 (not the neurological strain). As a result of another case of EHV-1, the entire HITS Ocala show grounds are under quarantine as of the afternoon of Feb. 27, but the horse show continues to run as usual. For additional information on the status of the situation at HITS Ocala, please visit www.hitsshows.com/ocala.

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 Found in Quebec

February 28, 2013 — Equine Canada's Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (nEHV-1) has been reported in a horse in the province of Quebec. This is the neurological strain of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV 1). Outbreaks of nEHV-1 are contagious and have a significant risk of mortality. The full article can be read here.

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 Reported in the United States

February 26, 2013 — Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (nEHV-1) has been reported in a horse at the HITS show grounds in Ocala, Florida. It has been confirmed that it is the neurological strain of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (nEVH-1). Outbreaks of nEHV-1 are contagious and have a high risk of mortality. The full article can be read here.

Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreaks in the United States Now Resolved – CFIA Lifts All Import Restrictions

February 5, 2013 — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that the Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) outbreak in New Mexico has been resolved, and that all restrictions governing  horses entering Canada from that state have been lifted. The full article can be read here.
TheHorse.com- Equine Infectious Anemia Outbreak Hits Western Canada

August 16, 2012 — Equine health website, TheHorse.com has published an article regarding the Equine Infectious Anemia outbreak in Western Canada. As of June 30, there have been 105 identified cases in Canada according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The cases are confined to Western Canadian provinces. The full article can be read here.

NFAHW Survey

August 10, 2012—The National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHW) is conducting a survey on Anticipation and Agri-Intelligence. Agri-intelligence is a tool used by governments and industry to inform strategic decision making, and information gained in this survey will assist the NFAHW in developing advice on agri-intelligence and anticipation.

Horse Tests Positive for Vesicular Stomatitis in Las Animas, Colorado August 2, 2012

August 8, 2012—  A horse tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Las Animas County, Colorado on August 2, 2012. Vesicular Stomatitis is a reportable disease as per the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), meaning that horse owners must immediately report the presence of any horse suspected of being affected by the disease. The disease causes blister-like lesions to be formed on the inside of the mouth, nose and hooves, alongside flu like symptoms and anorexia. Read More...

Health Alert: Mosquito-Borne Diseases

August 8, 2012—West Nile Virus (WNV) Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) are viruses that can cause fatal neurologic disease in horses. The viruses are carried in the bird population and spread by mosquitoes. Read More...

CFIA Publishes Update on Equine Diseases in Canada for the 2nd Quarter 2012

August 8, 2012 — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has released an update on infectious equine diseases in Canada for the 2nd quarter 2012. The report outlines the biosecurity measures in place relating to the reporting and eradication of infectious equine diseases in Canada. Read More...

Positive EVH-1 in Douglas County, Colorado

May 16, 2012—A horse in Douglas County, Colorado, United States, has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), and the facility at which the horse resided has been placed under quarantine. Read More...

Suspected EHV-1 Reported in Tennessee

May 16, 2012—The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) of the United States has received reports of suspected cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) infection in horses that participated in a recent trail ride in Tennessee. Six to eightsuspected cases of the neurological form of EHV-1 have been reported to the state veterinarian's office. Horses are being treated, isolated and monitored by their attending veterinarian. Read More...

Two Horses Confirmed Infected with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in New Mexico (NM), United States — Import Restrictions Updated

May 3, 2012—Two horses in the state of New Mexico, Otero County, were confirmed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) on April 20, 2012.  This is the first detection of active VS in the United States since 2010. The World Organization for Animal Health has posted a notification on its web site at: http://bit.ly/IJcDah. Read More

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Found in Southern Ontario and California

February 1, 2012 — Equine Canada’s Health and Welfare Committee is notifying horse owners that Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed in horses in Southern Ontario and California. Read More...

Equine Infectious Anemia in Western Canada - December 2011 Maps

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Found in Southern Ontario and California

University of Calgary Study on EVH1

New Case of Contagious Equine Metritis Reported in Arizona - August 25, 2011

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus-1 Status Update - June 3, 2011

Neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus -1 Status Update - May 20, 2011

Import Permits and USDA Health Certificates Will Continue to be Required for Equine Semen and Embryos from the United States for 2011 - February 11, 2011