Piroplasmosis Found In Australia

The following is a message that was released to the horse industry of Victoria, Australia, on March 31, from the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer:

A horse was imported from Hong Kong toVictoria, and was found to be infected with

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The following is a message that was released to the horse industry of Victoria, Australia, on March 31, from the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer:


A horse was imported from Hong Kong toVictoria, and was found to be infected with piroplasmosis, a disease exotic to Australia.


BACKGROUND


Equine piroplasmosis (otherwise known as equine babesiosis) is a tick-borne protozoal disease of equids characterised by fever, anemia and jaundice. It can also be spread by contaminated needles and other equipment. Recovered horses become chronic carriers without clinical signs

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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