AAEP Updates Infectious Disease Guidelines

The AAEP’s updated guidelines includes newly created guidelines for Rhodoccocus equi.
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The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published its Updated Infectious Disease Control Guidelines, which includes newly created guidelines for Rhodoccocus equi.

Most of the changes to established guidelines pertain to updated sampling and control measures. The AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee also amended suspected case guidelines for respiratory, neurologic, and clostridial diarrhea to outline appropriate actions and steps for suspected cases, along with several resource documents for sampling and equine herpesvirus.

Additionally, R. equi has been added to the existing list of available infectious disease guidelines.

Rhodococcus equi remains a significant disease of growing foals despite considerable research into its treatment and prevention,” said Peter Morresey, BVSc, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ACVIM, 2017 chair of the Disease Guidelines Subcommittee. “These new guidelines incorporate current thinking and a systematic approach balancing diagnostics, therapeutics, and economics

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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