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West Nile Virus hits Saskatchewan horses

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 11, 2012 14:36

NOTICE: West Nile Virus in horses - update

To Sept. 7, there have been six (6) horses in Saskatchewan confirmed to have West Nile Virus. All six horses have been euthanized due to the severity of their neurological symptoms. These cases  have occurred in the RM 370 (Humboldt),  RM 65 (Tecumseh),  RM 121 (Moosomin), RM 137 (Swift Current), RM 38 (Laurier) and RM 395 (Porcupine), although this last case had recent travel history to the United States and likely contracted the virus there.

It is important to note that while listlessness and depression are often seen in cases of WNV in horses, in at least two of the cases reported here the horses remained bright and alert but remained recumbent due to severe neurological deficits.

Average daily temperatures have remained warm and above normal into the end of August and beginning of September. Though the season for the Culex tarsalis mosquito is almost over, horse owners and veterinarians should continue to watch for potential cases of West Nile Virus for the next few weeks.

Wendy Wilkins, DVM PhD
Disease Surveillance Veterinarian
Room 202
Animal Health Unit
Ministry of Agriculture
3085 Albert St
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 0B1
(306) 798-0253 (wk)

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Black Fungus?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 29, 2012 07:15

Question: Hi, I have a 4 year old warmblood cross who has been coughing for 11 days now. I had my vet out on day 7 and he checked him over, temperature was normal, clear lungs, heart rate just a little high. He thought that it is probably a sore throat. Said the cough was non productive. There is only a little nasal discharge. He gave him an immune booster shot. the horse is still coughing. Recently I heard of a horse at my friends stable being put down because it had black fungus in is thoatjQuery152035582498520400896_1340975752383? What are the symptoms of that? Could that be what my horse has? do you have any suggestions for my horse. Thank you Danette

Answer:  Hi Danette.  Black fungus would be likely a little more apparent and the vet would have picked up on it.  I’d say your on the right track to just monitor him and if it doesn’t get better in a few days have him rechecked.  It’s not uncommon for a horse to pick up a virus that stays in there system for a few weeks or more and give a constant non-productive cough without any other signs.  If your horse fevers or goes off feed or your really worried don’t hesitate to take him back to your vet for a recheck.
Dr. D.

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