Glanders: A Re-emerging Disease in the Middle East

Imagine an infectious disease that creates ugly ulcerations on your horse inside and out, leading directly to death or the need for euthanasia. Consider a disease so bad that during World Wars I and II nations reportedly used it in germ warfare to dismount cavalry regimens and sicken human populations. It’s like something out of an equine zombie apocalypse, only this disease–glanders–is very real and considered re-emerging in the Middle East.

Dr. habil. Ulrich Wernery, D.Med.Vet., scientific director at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), discussed his experience with the during the 2012 International Conference on Equine Infectious

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