April 23, 2014 Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy Now Reportable Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been added to the list of diseases repor

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April 23, 2014

Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy Now Reportable

Equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been added to the list of diseases reportable to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Since March, there have been seven confirmed cases of EHM in Minnesota horses. Several veterinarians and horse owners attended the quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on April 16 and asked that EHM be added to the list of reportable diseases in the state.
The board members voted unanimously to grant this request.

The equine industry representatives in attendance at the board meeting also requested that the Board quarantine premises with positive cases of EHM, conduct epidemiological investigations and post related information on the Board’s website. Board of Animal Health officials will be working with equine industry leadership to create response guidelines for reported EHM cases in Minnesota.

View the complete list of reportable diseases in Minnesota.

Anthrax Vaccination Reminder

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health encourages livestock producers to vaccinate their grazing animals for anthrax. Anthrax is a naturally occurring disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, which can lie dormant in the soil for years.

All documented cases of anthrax in Minnesota in the last decade have occurred in the northwest part of the state. Therefore, livestock grazing on pastures in northwestern Minnesota could be at an increased risk of anthrax.

Livestock infected with anthrax die quickly, often exhibiting no symptoms until just before death. Any unexpected death in a grazing herd should be considered anthrax-related until the disease can be ruled out. Suspect carcasses should not be cut open, as it could cause the bacteria to spread. If you suspect anthrax, contact a veterinarian immediately.

Vaccination is an inexpensive way to prevent anthrax. Contact your veterinarian for more information.

In 2013, there was only one reported case of anthrax in Minnesota. Visit our website to view a map of positive cases in Minnesota in the last century.

Veterinary Shortage Areas Approved in Minnesota

The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) published the approved 2014 Shortage Situations this week. Minnesota has five food animal veterinarian approved shortages. Applicants interested in filling these shortage areas have until June 6th to submit their applications.

For more information on this program, visit the VMLRP website.

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