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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a progressive neurologic disease of cows. A case was diagnosed in May 2023 in a five-year-old or older beef cow at a slaughter plant in South Carolina. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or to human health in the United States.

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Deworming Horses

How often do you deworm your horses? If you are deworming your horses only twice per year, you may be leaving them vulnerable to the dangerous parasites that infect and breed in even the best cared-for horses.

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Equine Herpes Virus-1

It is extremely important that cases of EHV-1 be reported to state and federal animal health officials so that current information can be provided to veterinarians and equine owners.

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Johne’s Disease

Johne’s (pronounced “Yo-nees”) disease is a chronic, contagious bacterial disease that affects the small intestine of ruminants such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, antelope and bison. All ruminants are susceptible to Johne’s disease.

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Laminitis is the inflammation of the sensitive laminae of a horse's foot resulting from the disruption of blood flow to the foot. It is a serious and painful systemic disease; the complications of laminitis may result in the horse needing to be euthanized.

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Pigeon Fever

Although rarely fatal, pigeon fever is bacterial disease that affects horses and ruminants. The disease is seasonal, with peak incidence in the dry/fall months, and the incidence fluctuates from year to year within a site.

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