Equine Emerging and Surging Diseases: What’s on the Horizon?

Emerging and re-emerging diseases can devastate equine populations and cost the industry millions of dollars.

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Hindsight is often 20/20, but foresight is a far more valuable skill when trying to protect our horse population from infectious and even noninfectious diseases.

"Emerging and re-emerging diseases are an omnipresent threat to horse industries throughout the world," said Peter J. Timoney, FRCVS, PhD, professor and former department chair and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky.

Both new (emerging) diseases and older diseases rearing their heads (re-emerging) to strike again can devastate equine populations and cost the industry millions of dollars. This is why veterinarians and researchers throughout the world carefully monitor and track disease spread in equids worldwide

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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