Equine Emerging Diseases Reviewed

Learn about coronavirus, EPM, Lyme disease, influenza, and Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis.
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Tracking emerging and re-emerging equine diseases helps the horse world attempt to stay a step ahead of economically devastating and deadly outbreaks. For that reason, equine veterinarians and industry members gathered on June 14, for Merck Animal Health’s "Equine Emerging and Re-emerging Disease Luncheon" at the 2013 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Seattle, Wash., to discuss which infectious diseases most concern leading veterinarians and researchers.

Wendy Vaala, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, senior equine technical veterinarian with Merck, moderated the presentation and subsequent discussions, which covered equine coronavirus (ECoV), equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), Lyme disease, equine influenza virus (EIV), and Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (the bacterium that causes pigeon fever, also known as dryland distemper).

In addition to Vaala, presenters included Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), School of Veterinary Medicine, and Amy Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center.

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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