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Biosecurity / Infectious Diseases

Kunjin Virus, a new neurologic disease in horses

October 2013

Early in 2011, an increase in the number of horses suffering from neurological disease was detected in NSW and Victoria. Blood samples from over 200 cases were submitted to the NSW State Veterinary laboratory, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute. The brains of some of the few horses that died from the disease were also examined. Initially, an Arbovirus (a virus carried by insects) was suspected, with Murray Valley Encephalitis, Ross River Fever and Kunjin virus being investigated as the possible cause.

Mosquito Virus Could Lead to New Vaccines and Drugs

October 2012

  A mosquito sample collected three decades ago in Israel's Negev Desert has yielded an unexpected discovery: a previously unknown virus that's closely related to some of the world's most dangerous mosquito-borne pathogens but, curiously, incapable of infecting non-insect hosts.

Government responding to hendra

July 2012

On 11th October, 2011 The Honorable Tim Mulherin, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies under the Bligh Government, announced that $7 million of government funding will be put forward to assist with Hendra Virus research.  

Hendra Virus Back with a Vengeance

September 2011

Hendra Virus is back with a vengeance... The fact of the matter is that Hendra has never gone away. The disease is here, is a fact of life, and the reality is that we all have to learn to live with it. Commonsense, understanding the disease, and some basic management steps will ensure that we can all still enjoy our equestrian activities with a minimum of risk. An understanding of some simple facts regarding Hendra virus provide us with the keys to management that will allow us to eliminate, or certainly dramatically reduce, the risks from this disease.

Equine Science Update - Strangles

May 2008

Strangles is a contagious disease of horses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Typical signs include fever, loss of appetite, soft cough, purulent nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes of the face, which may often abscessate and burst. The swollen glands can restrict the airways - hence the name “Strangles”. In some cases, however, the disease may be very mild, causing only slight nasal discharge without a raised temperature or swollen glands. A carrier state without any obvious clinical signs is also possible.

EI - Red light therapy to combat viral disease

December 2007

EI - A Scientific Veterinary Perspective By Dr. Brian McLaren, Q.D.A.H., B.V.Sc., CVA (IVAS), P/Grad Dip Acu., M.App.Sc., Member, Intl. Assoc. for the Study of Pain, Member, Bioelectromagnetic Society.


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