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Peanut Butter Recall--March 2007
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS--1-23-07 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-U.S.-Can-Mexico
PASSPORTS--How and Where to Apply for a Passport in the United States and Canada
Rhino (EHV-1) outbreak in Florida, USA; December 2006
E.coli bacteria Spinach outbreak in the USA--September 2006; followed by Lettuce E.Coli found in Oct
Info on International Diseases in the news
News updates related to Travel
AIRPLANE TRAVEL: What can I take with me on the plane?
US ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION POLICY--proposals includes horses
United States Laws
Info on the Flu that is "in the news"--Avian Flu
Other Misc. Health Info
Info and links on BSE ("mad cow disease")
US Department of Agriculture--Animal and Plant Health Information Service links
Transporting horses

This is a site for travel information for equestrian competitors, horse owners and those looking for horses to purchase. Some basic info on the home page, other info via links on left-hand column.

2011 SOUTHWEST USA DROUGHT
 
The Southwestern United States--particularly Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are suffering a continuing drought that has 100% of the states declared drought disaster areas.
This is affecting farming production in the area, thus hay and feed.
If traveling in the area, take plenty of hay, have water continually available, and consult your vet about travelling in intense heat conditions.  In Oklahoma, there has been a month of over 100 degree temperatures.  And these rise in the late afternoon instead of declining.  So often evening is the hottest time of the day.  Very unusual weather, and at times dangerous to horses, humans and dogs, etc.
 
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EQUINE HERPES OUTBREAK IN UNITED STATES
ORIGINATING IN UTAH (NW USA)
Spring 2011
 
As a result of this widely publicized, highly contagious form of equine herpes, most shows are requiring additional precautions from exhibitors, and are taking additional precautions for show areas.
Read any show entry forms carefully for information.
Horses that have been showing or in contact with horses that have shown at certain shows in Utah and California are not allowed to enter in some shows in order to curb the chance of the virus spreading.
Will post a link asap.
 
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CONSULT LINKS FOR FURTHER UPDATES ON POSTINGS BELOW

 

SWINE FLU OUTBREAK WORLDWIDE

 

SWINE FLU HEALTH ALERT!
042609
FOR HUMANS
A new strain of Swine Flu is making the news and has CDC reports out that it is a concern in the United States, primarily at this time in California, Texas and New York.
Originating, or first found in Mexico, there have been over 100 deaths due to this, tho not in the US.
See info at
The CDC is the primary United States government  agency that handles health problems--including outbreaks of diseases, epidemics, and possible bio problems. (Center for Disease Control)
 
The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION is continuing to monitor this problem as well.
And is in the process of declaring this a worldwide health problem since there seem to have been some cases in Europe and the Mideast on 042609
www.who.org
 


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OUTBREAK OF CEM WORLDWIDE--2009

The outbreak of CEM continues to affect transportation of horses and the importation of frozen/fresh semen for breeding.
Be certain to ask your vet about the current laws, restrictions, quarantines regarding CEM before transporting, especially for breeding.



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February 2009

There is a very severe outbreak of Salmanella caused by tainted Peanuts in the United States. The list of items affected and/or being recalled continues to grow.
Best advice: Avoid ANY ITEM containing peanuts, peanut butter or made from peanuts.
For specific info, see the US Federal Drug Agency (www.fda.gov), as well as any news site or general search (Google, Yahoo, etc.)

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January 2009

011409updateSecurityAlert

http://www.dhs.gov/xinfoshare/programs/Copy_of_press_release_0046.shtm

This site includes info/links to new info on what can be carried on airplanes.

See full info at the above link.

 

Most current updates on particular topics are at the end of the first section on the respective pages.

 

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2008


For current information on  US passports and US policies on traveling to other countries, link on to:


http://www.state.gov/travelandbusiness/


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JANUARY 23, 2007

EFFECTIVE 1-23-07

As of 1-23-07, any United States or Canadian citizen travelling between U.S. and Canada (as well as Mexico and other Western Hemisphere countries) via AIR TRAVEL must have a Passport.

See complete information at :

 

United States Information


Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)


The proposed implementation timeline has two phases

 

Canadian Information


 

See Links on this site in Left-Hand Column

 

 

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December, 2006

There has been an outbreak of EHV-1, commonly known as Rhino, in Florida, USA.

This is a highly contagious airborne disease that can result in neurological problems and death in horses.

It can be communicated from horse handlers to other horses.

See the new page on "RHINO" at this site--link on left column--for further info and links.

The Florida horse showing circuit during January-March is a very well-respected show circuit in the US that attracts National and International competitors from all over the world.

The Florida Deparment of Agriculture is providing complete information on barns and show sites that are currently quarantined (i.e. that no horses can be moved out or delivered in), cases reported, and so on.

Direct links are:


 

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October 9, 2006

Recall of LETTUCE from a Salinas, California, USA producer that affects several US states due to finding E.coli in the water used at the processors site.  No human contamination or illnesses reported.

See full story at:



 

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October 3, 2006

On Sept. 29, 2006, the FDA


FDA Warns Consumers Not To Drink Bolthouse Farms CARROT JUICE Due to BOTULISM Concerns.


From Bakersfield, California.


Full warning at:


http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01475.html


 


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September, 2006

News on the recent E.COLI OUTBREAK in the United States associated with packaged Spinach can be viewed on the "E.coli in the USA--September 2006" link on the left column.

As of 9-27-06, do not eat Spinach is the basic advice, or boil it if you have to eat it.

 

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August 10, 2006

For a list of the most recent Prohibited Items to be carried on or in Luggage on U.S. AIRLINE FLIGHTS see:


http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/new-items.shtm


 

 

August 9, 2006 Update:

See info at link on left of "what can I take on the airplane" in light of the United Kingdom terrorist plot of August 9, 2006.

 

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U.S. FEDERAL LAW CHANGE REGARDING ENTERING and/or RE-ENTERING THE U.S. GOES INTO EFFECT IN 2006-2008.

 

Starting in 2008, it will be necessary for anyone entering the United States from countries previously considered to be "open border" countries to have official identification such as a passport.

Starting on Dec. 31, 2006, this requirement will apply to all those traveling via air or sea.

See US State Dept. info below.

 

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New Requirements for Travelers Between the United States and the Western Hemisphere





The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada to have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.  In order to facilitate the implementation of this requirement, the Administration is proposing to complete it in phases following a proposed timeline (see below), which will be published in the Federal Register in the near future.


This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports.   This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States.  Most Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and to a lesser degree, Mexican citizens will be affected by the implementation of this requirement.


 



Frequently Asked Questions about the New Travel Initiative Requirements (FAQs)


 


In the proposed implementation plan, which is subject to a period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines.   The proposed timeline will be as follows:



  • December 31, 2006 – Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
  • December 31, 2007 – Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.

Press Release: New Passport Initiative Announced to Better Secure Americas Borders


THIS IS A COPY OF THE CHANGE IN LAW AS POSTED ON THE United States State Department website--www.state.gov



 

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