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Monday Memo

Calendar
Monday – Regional Club Committee meeting;
Tuesday – International Committee meeting;
Wednesday – Friday – U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. annual meeting, Las Vegas (Krystina and Steve attending)
Thursday – Marketing Committee meeting;

Jackson, Mississippi Site Visit
Keri LeForce, Kelly Augenstein and Krystina Burns are making a trip later this week to Jackson to do some advance work on the 2008 National Show. Plans include meeting with the Dixie National trade show coordinator, hotel site visits, a meeting with the new Chief of Police in Jackson, meeting with a local sponsorship coordinator and making some concrete plans regarding the location of show services during the event.

The powers-that-be in Jackson continue to be very responsive to us regarding our requests for facility improvements. They’ve been giving regular updates on the status of the new stalls that are being built for our show and have placed some items in their budget for the upcoming year to improve the condition of one of the stall barns. We expect that this cooperation will continue and we’ll provide updates as they are available.

USDA-NAHSS Web Page Updated for Latest Disease Outbreaks
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Surveillance System (NAHSS) is a network of many Federal and State government agencies integrated into a comprehensive and coordinated system of animal health monitoring and surveillance. The overall goal of the system is to collect, collate, and analyze animal health information and to promptly distribute this information. The program is intended to improve the protection of the national animal health and to increase the efficiency of existing animal health surveillance programs.

The NAHSS website contains information on all the major livestock groups, including an Equine Health Monitoring & Surveillance section. Two new web pages have been recently added to this section, which can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/.

The first new web page is on Equine Herpes Virus. An outbreak of neurologic Equine Herpes Virus type 1 (EHV-1) occurred in late 2006 and involved a group of 15 horses shipped from Germany that was subsequently shipped to eight states. There was a significant impact on the horse industry because of this outbreak, especially in Florida. The new website gives details and current information on this outbreak, as well as further information on the disease, and links to state websites with EHV-1 information.

The second of the new pages is on Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA). An outbreak of EVA occurred in Quarter Horses in 2006, with the virus confirmed on premises within six states (Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Alabama). This outbreak had a devastating impact on the Quarter Horse breeding industry. The new web page gives detailed information on this EVA outbreak, along with background information on the disease and on its management and control.

Along with the new pages on EVA and EHV-1, you can find information on Vesicular Stomatitis, Equine Infectious Anemia, Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and more. The NAHSS Equine Health Monitoring & Surveillance website is an important and useful website to learn about current equine health and disease information.

1 Comment

  1. Oneta Henry Said,

    February 14, 2007 @ 5:38 am

    The EHV at Los Al. came in from an outside pony horse. Some of the very best racing Appaloosas are raced there. This isn’t just a AQHA thing and Appaloosa people should be aware of that a grade pony could go any where,
    Thanks for Telling about the serious diseases. Few know of the effects of these contagious diseases,

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