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Equine Immediately Notifiable Disease Surveillance in Ontario

Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Grey County, ON

Alert ID: 2024-09
February 21, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 4;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Number Euthanized: 3;
Facility Type: Farm;

Horse 1: 
Age: 4; Gender: Mare; Breed: Warmblood (WB); Usage: Breeding; Onset of Clinical Signs: 2/17/2024; Clinical Signs: This pregnant mare was admitted to a referral hospital for treatment of acute neurologic signs (4/5 ataxia, head tilt and cranial nerve deficits). Nasal swab and blood samples were positive fore EHV-1 by PCR.; Confirmation Date: 2/21/2024; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The farm owner is working with their veterinarian to implement voluntary animal movement restrictions and infection control measures. This mare was one of 23 horses bought at a sale in Illinois at the beginning of February. The horses were transported to a holding facility in Indiana prior to shipping to Ontario and delivered to farms in Grey County and surrounding areas. So far, the 5 confirmed/suspect horses were horses that arrived on these trailers. Veterinarians in the area are working with owners to manage the outbreak.;

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Strangles

Regional Municipality of York, ON

Alert ID: 2024-08

February 08, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 12; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Clinical Signs: The horse developed a cough, unilateral nasal discharge, swollen lymph nodes and a fever. He was tested on January 31 and was positive for S. equi by PCR on nasal swab. The horse had shipped up from the US the previous week.; Confirmation Date: 2/2/2024;

Comments: Under veterinary supervision, the facility manager has implemented voluntary animal movement restrictions and infection control procedures.

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Strangles

Grey County, ON

Alert ID: 2024-07
February 05, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 12; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 1/29/2024; Clinical Signs: This mare had a fever and nasal discharge. She was tested on January 29 and the sample was positive for S. equi on PCR. She had attended an event on January 28. The owner was advised by their veterinarian to inform the event organizer so this information could be disseminated to the event participants.; Confirmation Date: 2/2/2024;

Comments: Under veterinary supervision, the facility owner has implemented voluntary animal movement restrictions and infection control procedures.;

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Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Simcoe County, ON

Alert ID: 2024-06

February 02, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: Unknown;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 5; Gender: Gelding; Onset of Clinical Signs: 1/28/2024; Clinical Signs: Several horses at this facility have had fever, swollen legs and lethargy, with the latter lasting for about 4-5 days before recovery takes place. This particular gelding was the only horse tested and testing occurred after many of the horses had recovered. This gelding had extreme lethargy and was dragging its hind hooves. It was possibly very mildly ataxic on neurologic testing. A nasal swab taken from this gelding was positive for EHV-1 on PCR.; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: Two horses from the facility, that were not showing any clinical signs, attended a performance clinic before the results for this gelding were received. No direct contact was reported to have occurred between these horses and other horses at the clinic. This is the time of year when many different performance clinics for various disciplines are taking place. Horse owners are reminded to observe biosecurity protocols both when away at other facilities and at home, and to monitor their horses for general signs of “sickness” such as fever, lethargy, abnormal nasal discharge, ataxia, swollen limbs or lymph nodes. Horse owners should contact their veterinarian if they occur. This facility has implemented voluntary animal movement restrictions and is under veterinary supervision.;

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Equine Influenza

Brant County, ON

Alert ID: 2024-05
February 01, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 3;
Number Exposed: 18;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 17; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 1/27/2024; Clinical Signs: This gelding developed a fever, nasal discharge and a cough. Two other horses had transient fevers and 1 began coughing and developed a fever and nasal discharge. A nasal swab was positive for equine influenza on PCR.; Confirmation Date: 2/1/2024; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The farm manager, working with their veterinarian, has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and infection control procedures.;

Strangles

Regional Municipality of Halton, ON

Alert ID: 2024-04

February 01, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 5;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 8; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Clinical Signs: This gelding has a unilateral white, mucoid nasal discharge and is being evaluated for suspected chronic sinusitis. A nasopharyngeal lavage was positive for S. equi on PCR.; Confirmation Date: 1/29/2024; Vaccination Status: Vaccinated;

Comments: The farm manager, working with their veterinarian, has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and infection control procedures.;

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Strangles

Grey County, ON

Alert ID: 2024-03
January 25, 2024
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 8;
Facility Type: Private Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 2; Gender: Filly; Breed: Mixed breed; Onset of Clinical Signs: 1/25/2024; Clinical Signs: This filly developed a fever (40.9 C), purulent nasal discharge and enlarged submandibular lymph nodes. The other horses in the barn were recovering from similar signs.; Confirmation Date: 1/26/2024; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The farm is under voluntary movement restrictions and the owner has implemented infection control procedures. The farm is under veterinary supervision.;

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Strangles

City of Hamilton, ON

Alert ID: 2024-02

January 31, 2024

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 6;
Facility Type: Private Facility;

Horse 1:
Age: 10; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Warmblood (WB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 1/23/2024; Clinical Signs: This gelding arrived on the property about 14 days prior to the development of clinical signs. Two draining abscesses were noted on the head along with some abrasions. A sample of the draining fluid was positive for S. equi on PCR.; Confirmation Date: 1/25/2024;

Comments: The farm owner, working with their veterinarian, has implemented voluntary animal movement restrictions and infection control procedures.;

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Strangles

Regional Municipality of Waterloo, ON

Alert ID: 2024-01
January 25, 2024
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 2;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 14; Gender: Gelding; Onset of Clinical Signs: 1/16/2024; Clinical Signs: On January 16 a firm swelling was noticed under the left jaw and was confirmed to be a swollen left submandibular lymph node on January 18. The horse also had bilateral nasal discharge.; Confirmation Date: 1/19/2024; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The facility manager has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity protocols under supervision of their veterinarian.;

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Strangles

County of Frontenac, ON

Alert ID: 2023-44

December 21, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: Unknown;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 14; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Mixed breed; Onset of Clinical Signs: 12/15/2023; Clinical Signs: This gelding was diagnosed with purpura hemorrhagica, an immune-mediated vascular disease, often associated with exposure to S. equi antigens. S. equi was cultured from the guttural pouches. There were some horses on the property with nasal discharge within the last month.; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: Voluntary animal movement restrictions are being implemented and the farm is under veterinary supervision.;

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Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Regional Municipality of York, ON

Alert ID: 2023-43
December 21, 2023
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 20; Gender: Mare; Onset of Clinical Signs: 12/16/2023; Clinical Signs: This mare developed ataxia and dysuria on Dec 16 and is now recovering.; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The facility owner has implemented voluntary animal movement restrictions and biosecurity measures under veterinary supervision. This is the 8th facility in Ontario to have a horse diagnosed with EHV-1 neurologic disease this year.;

Strangles

City of Toronto, ON

Alert ID: 2023-42

December 4, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 5;
Number Exposed: Unknown;

Horse 1: 
Age: 24; Gender: Mare; Onset of Clinical Signs: 11/30/2023; Clinical Signs: This mare developed submandibular abscesses and two others developed a fever. These three horses plus two more close contacts are positive for S. equi on PCR.; Confirmation Date: 12/2/2023; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The facility owner has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity protocols under veterinary supervision.;

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Strangles

Grey County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-41
December 04, 2023
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Private Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 8; Breed: Standardbred; Onset of Clinical Signs: 11/23/2023; Clinical Signs: Fever and Nasal discharge.; Confirmation Date: 11/24/2023; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The farm owner has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity protocols under veterinary supervision.;

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Equine Influenza

Regional Municipality of Durham, ON

Alert ID: 2023-40

December 1, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: Unknown;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 3; Gender: Filly; Onset of Clinical Signs: 11/19/2023; Clinical Signs: This filly developed a persistent deep cough with significant mucopurulent nasal discharge and low grade fever (38.7 C). Several horses at the barn have had clinical signs consistent with a viral respiratory infection.; Confirmation Date: 11/28/2023; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The filly is recovering under veterinary care.

Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Regional Municipality of York, ON

Alert ID: 2023-39
November 23, 2023
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: 1;
Facility Type: Private Facility;

Horse 1: 
Breed: Pony; Onset of Clinical Signs: 11/20/2023; Clinical Signs: This pony was euthanized on November 20 with acute neurologic signs (ataxia that progressed with significant vestibular signs). Two weeks prior a mare on the property had been treated for a recurrent fever.; Confirmation Date: 11/21/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized;

Comments: The farm owner is implementing voluntary movement restrictions as well as biosecurity measures under veterinary supervision.;

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Strangles

Regional Municipality of Halton, ON

Alert ID: 2023-38

November 22, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 2;
Horse 1: 
Age: 3; Gender: Filly; Breed: Pony; Clinical Signs: This pony filly was purchased from an auction and was noticed to have mucopurulent nasal discharge. Fortunately, she went into a quarantine area immediately upon arrival at the farm along with two other ponies.; Confirmation Date: 11/14/2023;

Comments: The facility owner has implemented voluntary movement restrictions as well as instituted biosecurity measures under the supervision of the attending veterinarian.;

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Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Oxford County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-37

November 17, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Number Euthanized: 1;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 16; Gender: Mare; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 11/13/2023; Clinical Signs: The mare developed acute neurologic signs (leaning on walls, ataxia) on November 13, 2023 which progressed to recumbency with nystagmus on November 14. She was euthanized on November 14. A nasal swab was positive for EHV-1 PCR.; Confirmation Date: 11/15/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized;

Comments: The facility owner, working with their veterinarian, has instituted voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity protocols.;

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Strangles

Bruce County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-36

November 3, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 2;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: 6;

Horse 1: 
Clinical Signs: Three horses have developed nasal discharge and 2 of the 3 have submandibular lymph node enlargement. Two horses tested positive for S. equi on bacterial culture.; Confirmation Date: 10/27/2023;

Comments: The facility has implemented voluntary movement restrictions under veterinary supervision.;

Strangles

Regional Municipality of Halton, ON

Alert ID: 2023-35

November 3, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 2;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;

Horse 1: 
Age: 19; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Warmblood (WB); Clinical Signs: This gelding developed a unilateral nasal discharge around October 14 and was confirmed positive for S. equi on October 25 by PCR. The pasture mate, who was not showing clinical signs, was also positive for S. equi. A third horse has developed submandibular lymph node abscessation. All 3 horses are in isolation on the property.; Confirmation Date: 11/25/2023; Horse Status: Recovering;

Comments: The facility is under voluntary movement restrictions and the owner has instituted infection control measures. The situation is under veterinary supervision.;

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Peterborough County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-34

October 31, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Number Euthanized: 1;

Horse 1: 
Age: 17; Gender: Mare; Onset of Clinical Signs: 10/16/2023; Clinical Signs: This mare was found down on October 16. She had no fever, nor cranial nerve deficits but was starting to lose deep pain sensation. She was euthanized that day.; Confirmation Date: 10/30/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Comments: This is the 18th confirmed case of equine EEE in Ontario this year.;

Strangles

Bruce County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-33

October 31, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;

Horse 1: 
Gender: Mare; Breed: Mixed breed; Onset of Clinical Signs: 10/21/2023; Clinical Signs: This mare developed a high fever with mucopurulent nasal discharge.; Confirmation Date: 10/26/2023; Horse Status: Recovering;

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Strangles

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON

Alert ID: 2023-32

October 31, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 2;
Number Exposed: Unknown;

Horse 1: 
Age: Weanling; Gender: Colt; Breed: Standardbred; Clinical Signs: Submandibular lymph node abscessation.; Confirmation Date: 10/26/2023;

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West Nile Virus

Hastings County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-31

October 24, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Private Facility;

Horse 1: 
Age: 12; Gender: Mare; Breed: Belgian; Onset of Clinical Signs: 10/7/2023;
Clinical Signs: This mare was found down on October 7. When she was assisted to rise, she was ataxic with nystagmus and hypersalivation. She was provided with supportive treatment and is recovering.; Confirmation Date: 10/17/2023; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Comments: This is the 6th confirmed case of equine West Nile virus infection in Ontario this year.;

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, ON

Alert ID: 2023-30

October 26, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Farm;

Horse 1: 
Gender: Gelding; Breed: Belgian; Onset of Clinical Signs: 10/2/2023; Clinical Signs: This gelding was found to be inappetent, dull, ataxic and staggering on October 2.; Confirmation Date: 10/16/2023; Horse Status: Deceased; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated; Comments: This is the 17th confirmed equine case of eastern equine encephalitis in Ontario this year.;

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Peterborough County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-29

October 17, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Private Facility;
Age: 13; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/29/2023;
Clinical Signs: This mare was referred to an equine hospital with dull mentation and inappetence. She was difficult to move and began stumbling. She arrived at the hospital down in the trailer and was euthanized the following day.; Confirmation Date: 10/16/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Undervaccinated;
Comments: This was the 16th case of equine EEE in Ontario this year.;

Strangles

District of Sudbury, ON

Alert ID: 2023-28

October 11, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;
Age: 26; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Miniature Horse;
Clinical Signs: Large submandibular abscess.; Confirmation Date: 10/5/2023;
Comments: The facility is under veterinary supervision. Voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity measures are being instituted.;

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Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Regional Municipality of Peel, ON

Alert ID: 2023-27

October 10, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 2;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: 11; Gender: Mare; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/28/2023;
Clinical Signs: This mare was the third mare to go down at the farm with varying degrees of neurologic disease. All three mares were euthanized. On postmortem examination of this mare, brain tissue was positive for EHV-1 by PCR and negative for EEE and WNV PCR.; Confirmation Date: 10/3/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Undervaccinated;
Comments: The facility owner has instituted voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity protocols under veterinary supervision.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Leeds and Grenville, ON

Alert ID: 2023-26

October 10, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: Unknown;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Filly; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/22/2023;
Clinical Signs: This was a 12 month old Canadian filly, with no record of vaccination, in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. On September 22 the owner observed the filly having trouble standing up and seizing. On examination that morning, the filly was in lateral recumbency, could not stand when prompted, appeared weak, had an elevated respiratory rate, and a fever (40C). She was euthanized by the vet at that time. She was observed to be normal by the owner the day prior (Sep 21). The serum sample was positive for EEE IgM. There was no history of travel. A foal and an adult horse died on the farm 1-2 weeks prior but were not tested for EEE.; Confirmation Date: 10/2/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;
Comments: This is the 15th EEE case of the year in Ontario.;

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

City of Ottawa, ON

Alert ID: 2023-25

October 10, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: 12; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Standardbred; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/14/2023;
Clinical Signs: This was a 12 year old unvaccinated Standardbred gelding in the region of Ottawa that was found down during evening feeding on September 14th. On exam that evening he had a severe left head tilt, was leaning left, and would fall over to the left side when unsupported. He was also ataxic and had a fever (~40.0C) and was euthanized (Sept 14). He was observed to be normal at feeding that morning. The serum sample was positive for EEE IgM. There was no history of travel.; Confirmation Date: 10/3/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;
Comments: This is the 14th EEE case of the year in Ontario.;

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

City of Ottawa, ON

Alert ID: 2023-24

October 10, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 2;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/25/2023;
Clinical Signs: This was an unvaccinated 15 month old female QH from the region of Ottawa, that was found down in a pasture on September 25 and would stumble and fall when she tried to rise. She was euthanized about 6 hours later . The serum sample was positive for EEE IgM. There was no history of travel. Two unvaccinated weanlings on the property also showed acute neurologic signs and were euthanized.; Confirmation Date: 10/3/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;
Comments: This is the 13th EEE case of the year.;

 

West Nile Virus

Simcoe County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-23

September 26, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Private Facility;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Colt; Breed: Belgian; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/13/2023;
Clinical Signs: This colt develop a fever (39 C) and acute neurologic signs (ataxic, weak, no menace in the left eye) on September 13.; Confirmation Date: 9/25/2023; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;
Comments: This is the 5th confirmed equine WNV case of the year.;

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

District of Muskoka, ON

Alert ID: 2023-22

September 26, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Private Facility;
Age: 20; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/14/2023;
Clinical Signs: This was an unvaccinated 20 yo QH broodmare, nursing a 2 month old colt, that developed acute neurologic signs (blind, backing up) on September 14, and became recumbent and was euthanized on September 15th.; Confirmation Date: 9/25/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;
Comments: This is the 12th confirmed equine EEE case of the year.;

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

City of Ottawa, ON

Alert ID: 2023-21

September 14, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 2; Number Suspected: 3; Number Exposed: Unknown; Facility Type: Private Facility; Age: 6; Gender: Mare; Breed: Draft; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/2/2023;Clinical Signs: A second horse on the property has been confirmed with EEE.; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

City of Ottawa, ON

Alert ID: 2023-20

September 12, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1; Number Suspected: 4; Number Exposed: Unknown; Facility Type: Private Facility; Age: 8; Gender: Mare; Breed: Draft; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/4/2023;Clinical Signs: The mare developed acute neurologic signs (head pressing followed by recumbency) and was euthanized.; Confirmation Date: 9/11/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Peterborough County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-19

September 5 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1; Number Exposed: Unknown; Age: 15; Gender: Mare; Breed: Miniature Horse; Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/31/2023;Clinical Signs: The mare developed acute neurologic signs (acute collapse, unable to stand, thrashing, high temperature) on August 31 and was euthanized.; Confirmation Date: 9/2/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON

Alert ID: 2023-18

August 24, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Filly; Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/18/2023;
Clinical Signs: This unvaccinated filly developed acute neurologic signs (ataxia, depression and slow menace) with clinical progression to recumbency, requiring euthanasia within 48 hours.; Confirmation Date: 8/23/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

West Nile Virus

Regional Municipality of Niagara, ON

Alert ID: 2023-17

August 23, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: 2; Gender: Filly; Breed: Standardbred; Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/20/2023;
Clinical Signs: This filly was referred to an equine hospital with acute neurologic signs (grade IV ataxia, vestibular signs, whole body muscle fasciculations, strabismus in the right eye, hyperesthesia) which progressed to focal seizures, hypersalivation and recumbency. She was euthanized. Brain tissue was positive for WNV PCR. There was no history of travel.; Confirmation Date: 8/23/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

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West Nile Virus

District of Thunder Bay, ON

Alert ID: 2023-16

August 22, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 1;
Gender: Mare; Breed: Pony; Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/8/2023;
Clinical Signs: The mare developed neurologic signs (ataxia, flaccid tongue and mandible) on August 8 and was euthanized on August 10 due to clinical deterioration.; Confirmation Date: 8/22/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Lanark County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-15

August 22, 2023

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: 14; Gender: Mare; Breed: Hackney Pony; Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/5/2023;
Clinical Signs: The mare developed neurologic signs (severe ataxia, asymmetrical hyperesthesia, weakness, poor tongue tone) on August 5. She was treated with NSAIDS then corticosteroids and has recovered. A foal on the property also showed neurologic signs for 48 hours and has also recovered.; Confirmation Date: 8/22/2023; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

West Nile Virus

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON

Alert ID: 2023-14

August 15, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – No Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: 6; Gender: Mare;
Clinical Signs: The mare was found down with a high fever (41 C) and depressed. She died overnight.; Confirmation Date: 8/14/2023; Horse Status: Deceased; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

City of Ottawa, ON

Alert ID: 2023-13

August 15, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – No Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Colt; Breed: Warmblood (WB);
Clinical Signs: The colt developed acute neurologic signs (circling to the left, head pressing) with a low grade fever. He rapidly became recumbent with nystagmus and was euthanized.; Confirmation Date: 8/14/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Lanark County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-12

August 11, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – No Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Standardbred; Onset of Clinical Signs: 8/2/2023;
Clinical Signs: On August 2, 2023, an unvaccinated yearling Standardbred gelding was found to be aimlessly wandering in the paddock unaware of his surroundings. He became acutely recumbent and was euthanized. There was no history of travel.; Confirmation Date: 8/9/2023; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Lanark County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-11

July 28, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1; Number Exposed: TBDAge: 17 months;
Comments: On July 28, 2023, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a confirmed case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in an unvaccinated 17-month old colt in Lanark County. The colt was euthanized after developing a fever (41⁰C) followed by recumbency and seizures. The colt had no history of travel. Laboratory diagnostic testing confirmed infection with the EEE virus (EEEV).

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Veterinary Advisory: One case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Lanark County

Strangles

Middlesex County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-10

June 28, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 3;
Facility Type: Private Facility;
Age: 2; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 6/13/2023;
Clinical Signs: The recently purchased gelding developed a fever and submandibular swelling. He had fortunately been isolated since arrival at the farm.; Confirmation Date: 6/15/2023;
Comments: The owner, under veterinary supervision, has instituted voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity measures.

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Strangles

Regional Municipality of Halton, ON

Alert ID: 2023-09

June 28, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1; Number Exposed: 10Age: 9; Gender: Mare; Breed: Pony; Onset of Clinical Signs: 6/17/2023;
Clinical Signs: On the weekend of June 17, the pony developed a fever and submandibular swelling and was quickly isolated from other horses.; Horse Status: Isolated;
Comments: The farm manager, under veterinary supervision, has instituted voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity measures.

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Strangles

Hamilton Region, ON

Alert ID: 2023-08

April 13, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: Number Exposed: Unknown Facility Type: Boarding Facility;Age: 18; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Standardbred

Clinical Signs: On April 8, the gelding developed a severely swollen head with nasal discharge, tachycardia, a swollen leg , had a draining pectoral wound and became recumbent. He was euthanized due to the severity of clinical signs. A swab taken from the nasal discharge was positive for Streptococcus equi subsp equi.

Comments: The facility owner is working with their veterinarian to implement biosecurity protocols and voluntary movement restrictions.

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Strangles

Grey County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-07

March 30, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1; Number Exposed: 24; Age: 8; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Clinical Signs: The gelding was examined on March 23, 2023 for the development of a fever and submandibular draining tract. The exudate was positive for S. equi by PCR. The horse has lived on the property for almost a year. There have been no new horses recently and no other horses are showing clinical signs.; Confirmation Date: 3/27/2023; Horse Status: Recovering; Comments: The facility owners are working with the farm veterinarian to implement voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity measures.

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Strangles

Lanark County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-06

March 22, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: Number Exposed: Unknown Facility Type: Boarding Facility Age: 13; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/16/2023

Clinical Signs: On March 16, the mare developed a fever and a unilateral, foul-smelling nasal discharge which was PCR positive for S. equi. Since a foul smell is not typically consistent with S. equi infection alone, further diagnostic evaluations will occur. There have been no other horses with clinical signs of Strangles on the farm and no recent horse movement. The mare has been on the property for over a year.; Confirmation Date: 3/21/2023 Comments: The facility owner is working with the attending veterinarian regarding biosecurity and movement restrictions.

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Strangles

Wellington County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-05

March 20, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;
Age: 4; Gender: Mare; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/12/2023

Clinical Signs: The affected mare was recently purchased, arriving on the property March 4. The mare came from a farm from which a horse was confirmed with Strangles March 13. The present mare developed a fever followed by nasal discharge and swollen submandibular lymph nodes and tested positive for S. equi by PCR.

Confirmation Date: 3/17/2023; Horse Status: Recovering.

Comments: A horse at a boarding facility in Wellington County has tested positive for Strangles. She has been moved to a vacant barn on a nearby property. The remaining horses are being monitored for clinical signs of S. equi infection. The facility owner is working with the attending veterinarian regarding biosecurity and movement restrictions.

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Strangles

Simcoe County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-04

March 16, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: Unknown;
Facility Type: Private Facility;
Age: Yearling; Gender: Filly; Breed: Warmblood (WB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 2/28/2023;

Clinical Signs: On February 27, 2023 an 18 month old warmblood filly was referred to a veterinary hospital for treatment of impaction colic. While at the hospital, the filly developed a fever, followed by enlarged lymph nodes, a cough and nasal discharge. Guttural pouch samples were positive for S. equi on bacterial culture. Infection control procedures were swiftly implemented at the hospital. Based on the timing of the fever, infection was suspected to have occurred on the farm. There is no history of strangles on the farm, however, further investigation/surveillance is taking place. Horse Status: Recovering;
Comments: A horse at a private facility in Simcoe County has tested positive for Strangles. The farm owner has voluntarily placed the premises under movement restrictions and the situation is being supervised by the farm veterinarian

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Strangles

Oxford County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-03

March 09, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Exposed: 40;
Facility Type: Boarding Facility;
Age: 20; Gender: Mare; Breed: Quarter Horse (QH); Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/4/2023;
Clinical Signs: This mare had a temperature of 40 C and enlarged lymph nodes.; Horse Status: Recovering;
Comments: The owner of the facility has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and infection control procedures under veterinary supervision.

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Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Simcoe County, ON

Alert ID: 2023-02

February 24, 2023

Confirmed Case(s)Voluntary Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Number Confirmed: 1;
Number Suspected: 1;
Number Exposed: 38;

Age: 21; Gender: Mare; Breed: Mixed breed; Onset of Clinical Signs: 2/22/2023;
Clinical Signs: This mare developed mild ataxia on February 22, 2023. The day before, a paddock mate developed signs of vestibular disease (head tilt, nystagmus, ataxia) as well as urinary incontinence. Both mares were referred to an equine hospital on February 22 for assessment and treatment. Test results on the mare with vestibular signs are pending but EHV-1 is suspected to be the cause.; Confirmation Date: 2/24/2023; Horse Status: Affected And Alive;
Comments: The facility owner has implemented voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity measures under the supervision of the attending veterinarian. For more information go to: https://www.equinediseasecc.org/equine-herpesvirus

Equine Herpesvirus-1

Region of Waterloo, ON

Alert ID: 2023-01

January 09, 2023

Confirmed Case(s) – 1

Source: OMAFRA

Facility Type: Private Facility;

On January 5th, 2023, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a confirmed case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection, at a premises in the Region of Waterloo.

EHV-1 does not pose a threat to public health or food safety.

A mature mare was examined and treated by a veterinarian after presenting with incoordination, which rapidly deteriorated. The premises is under veterinary supervision, including biosecurity protocols, and voluntary movement restrictions have been implemented by the facility manager.

Equine Herpesvirus-1

Wellington County, ON

Alert ID: 2022-01

August 10, 2022

Confirmed Case(s) – 1

Source: OMAFRA

Facility Type: Private Facility;

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a confirmed case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection at an equine facility in Wellington County. EHV-1 does not pose a threat to public health or food safety.

A mature gelding was euthanized after showing incoordination, which rapidly progressed. This gelding had not been off the property for several years. The facility is under veterinary supervision and biosecurity protocols and voluntary movement restrictions have been implemented by the facility manager. Other horses from the facility had recently competed at an eventing competition in Simcoe County. None of these horses have shown signs of EHM. The risk to other horses competing at the event is considered low given that the horses from the affected facility were maintained at their trailers with limited interaction with other horses or competitors during the event. Out of an abundance of caution, owners or custodians of horses attending the event should monitor the health of their horses, including rectal temperature, and contact their veterinarian if concerned. Health
monitoring should be done for all competition horses regardless of discipline.

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West Nile Virus

Kawartha Lakes, ON

Alert ID: 2021-18

October 1, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – 1

Source: OMAFRA

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Age: 13; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Belgian; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/20/2021;
Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Muscle Fasciculations; Confirmation Date: 9/30/2021; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, ON

Alert ID: 2021-17

September 28, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – 1

Source: OMAFRA

Facility Type: Private Facility;
Age: 1; Gender: Stallion; Breed: Canadian Cross ; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/16/2021;
Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Cranial Nerve Deficit, Fever, Hyperesthetic, Recumbency, Seizures; Confirmation Date: 9/27/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

 

Equine Herpesvirus- Neurologic

Ottawa Region, ON

Alert ID: 2021-16

September 23, 2021

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 1;

Age: 25; Gender: Mare; Breed: Not Reported; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/19/2021;
Clinical Signs: Severe ataxia progressing to recumbency ; Confirmation Date: 9/23/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Vaccinated;
Notes: OMAFRA was notified on September 23, 2021 regarding a positive test result for EHV-1 from a mare that was euthanized on September 20 due to acute neurologic disease. The mare was located at a boarding facility in the Ottawa region. The facility owner voluntarily implemented movement restrictions on September 17, 2021 after a different mare was referred to a veterinary facility in another province for assessment and treatment of ataxia. The boarding facility is under veterinary supervision. At this time, no other horses have shown clinical signs related to EHV-1 infection.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

District of Parry Sound, ON

Outbreak Identifier: NA

Alert ID: 2021-15

September 20, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – 1

Source: OMAFRA

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Age: 4; Gender: Mare; Breed: Not Reported; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/5/2021;
Clinical Signs: Severe Neurologic Signs, Absent Menace Response; Confirmation Date: 9/16/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Notes: A positive mosquito pool for EEE has been reported for the North Bay Parry Sound District public health unit . https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/infectious-disease/west-nile-virus;

To download a PDF with more information, please click here: https://www.oahn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Veterinary-update-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-2021-06-18-final-002.pdf

West Nile Virus

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, ON

Alert ID: 2021-14

September 20, 2021

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 1;

Age: 9 year old.

Gender: Mare; Breed: Not Reported; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/8/2021;
Clinical Signs: Colicky, Fever, Paddling, Recumbency; Confirmation Date: 9/16/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis

District of Parry Sound, ON

Outbreak Identifier: NA

Alert ID: 2021-13

September 20, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – 2

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 2;

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Age: 3; Gender: Mare; Breed: Not Reported; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/4/2021;
Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Sudden Onset of Discomfort; Confirmation Date: 9/16/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Age: 5; Gender: Mare; Breed: Not Reported; Onset of Clinical Signs: 9/8/2021;
Clinical Signs: Blindness, Facial Paralysis, Muscle Fasciculations, Recumbency, Severe Ataxia; Confirmation Date: 9/16/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Unvaccinated;

Notes: A positive mosquito pool for EEE has been reported for the North Bay Parry Sound District public health unit . https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/infectious-disease/west-nile-virus;

To download a PDF with more information, please click here: https://www.oahn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Veterinary-update-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-2021-06-18-final-002.pdf

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, ON

Alert ID: 2021-12

June 18, 2021

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 1;

Age: 26 year old.

Clinical Signs: On June 17, 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a confirmed case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a 26-year-old horse located in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The unvaccinated horse developed intermittent bouts of recumbency with somnolence and mild muscle fasciculations with periods of normal behaviour and mentation in between. These signs occurred over the course of several days. The horse is recovering. Laboratory diagnostic testing confirmed infection with the EEE virus (EEEv).

Notes:

To download a PDF with more information, please click here: https://www.oahn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Veterinary-update-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-2021-06-18-final-002.pdf

Equine Herpesvirus- Abortion

Regional Municipality of York, ON

Outbreak Identifier: NA

Alert ID: 2021-11

April 7, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Farm;

Age: 23 yo broodmare

Notes: Aborted at 315 days of gestation; Affected and Alive. Clinical symptoms observed April 3, 2021, with swab PCR confirmation April 7, 2021. Positive on placental and fetal tissue.

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Neurologic

Northumberland County, ON

Alert ID: 2021-10

April 6, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Age: 24 year old draft cross mare;

Clinical Signs: ataxia and difficulty urinating and defecating ; Confirmation Date: 4/6/2021; Horse Status: Recovering;

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Neurologic

Municipality of Kawartha Lakes and Wellington County, ON

March 31, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

 

Municipality of Kawartha Lakes

Alert ID: 2021-8

Number Confirmed: 1;

Number Exposed: Unknown;

Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Age: 17; Gender: Gelding; Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/24/2021;

Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Nasal Discharge; Confirmation Date: 3/25/2021; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Vaccinated;

Notes: Under veterinary supervision, the affected horse has been isolated and the facility owner has instituted enhanced biosecurity procedures and animal movement restrictions. No other horses on the property have shown clinical signs. For more information about EHM go to https://equinediseasecc.org/Content/ContentDocs/DiseaseFactsheet-EHM.pdf;

 

Wellington County

Alert ID: 2021-9

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Age: 19; Gender: Gelding; Breed: Pony; Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/24/2021;

Clinical Signs: Ataxia, Difficulty urinating; Confirmation Date: 3/26/2021; Horse Status: Affected And Alive; Vaccination Status: Vaccinated;

Notes: The affected pony is being treated at a referral hospital. No other horses on the property are showing clinical signs. Under veterinary supervision, the facility manager has instituted biosecurity protocols and animal movement restrictions.

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Neurologic

Municipality of Niagara, ON

Outbreak Identifier: 4624

Alert ID: 2021-7

March 19, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Official Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Age: Mature Gender: Gelding; Breed: Not Reported; Clinical Signs: Difficulty urinating, Incoordination of Hind Limbs- Severe, Progressing to Being Down with an Inability to Get Up; Confirmation Date: 3/16/2021; Horse Status: Euthanized; Vaccination Status: Status Unknown;

Notes: On March 16, 2021 the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a confirmed case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) caused by equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection at an equine facility in the Regional Municipality of Niagara.  The facility is under veterinary supervision and the farm staff have implemented biosecurity procedures and movement restrictions. This is the fifth equine facility in the province this year that has had a confirmed EHV-1 infection causing neurologic disease.

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Abortion

Dufferin County and Regional Municipality of York, ON

March 09, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Voluntary Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

 

Dufferin County

Alert ID: 2021-5

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Boarding Facility;

Gender: Mare; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 2/27/2021;

Clinical Signs: Aborted during 10th month of pregnancy; Confirmation Date: 3/2/2021; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Vaccinated;

Notes: The facility manager has placed the farm under voluntary movement restrictions for 21 days and staff have implemented heightened biosecurity protocols with veterinary supervision.;

 

Regional Municipality of York

Alert ID: 2021-6

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Age: Not Reported; Gender: Mare; Breed: Thoroughbred (TB); Onset of Clinical Signs: 3/1/2021;

Clinical Signs: Foal was stillborn; Confirmation Date: 3/4/2021; Horse Status: Recovering; Vaccination Status: Vaccinated;

Notes: The farm manager has isolated the mare and implemented a voluntary 21 day movement restriction. Heightened biosecurity measures are in place and under the supervision of the farm veterinarian.

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Strangles

Cambridge, ON

Outbreak Identifier: 4596

Alert ID: 2021-4

February 19, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Official Quarantine

Source: Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Number Confirmed: 1;

Breed: Standardbred;

Clinical Signs: Not Reported;

Notes: The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed a Standardbred race horse at Shamrock Training Centre that had travelled from Red Shores Racetrack in PEI on Sunday February 14, 2021 with four other horses has tested positive for strangles. The race horse is in isolation at another property as of Tuesday February 16, 2021.

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Neurologic

Regional Municipalities of Peel and Niagara, ON

February 18, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Official Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

 

Regional Municipality of Peel

Alert ID: 2021-2

Number Confirmed: 1;

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Age: 18; Gender: Gelding; Horse Status: Euthanized; Clinical Signs: Incoordination of Hind Limbs- Severe, Progressing to Being Down with an Inability to Get Up;

 

Regional Municipality of Niagara

Alert ID: 2021-3

Number Confirmed: 1;

Age: 7; Gender: Mare;

Clinical Signs: Progressing to Being Down with an Inability to Get Up, Difficulty urinating;

Notes: Both facilities are under veterinary supervision and the farm managers have implemented biosecurity procedures and movement restrictions. There are now three equine facilities in the province with a confirmed EHV-1 infection causing neurologic disease.

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Equine Herpesvirus 1: Neurologic

Regional Municipality of Halton, ON

Alert ID: 2021-1

February 05, 2021

Confirmed Case(s) – Official Quarantine

Source: OMAFRA

Number Confirmed: 2;

Facility Type: Private Facility;

Notes: On February 4, 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of two confirmed cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) infection at an equine facility in the Regional Municipality of Halton. Both horses had a fever and were tested as part of a follow-up investigation into the deaths of three horses at the facility. The three horses were euthanized between January 29- February 3 following sudden onset of sever incoordination and being down and unable to rise. The facility in under veterinary supervision and the manager has implemented strict biosecurity measures and movement restrictions.

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