Horse Barn Air Quality: Pathogens Prevalent in Box Stalls
Escherichia coli, staphylococci, mold fungi, and other varieties of disease-causing bacteria hover invisibly in the air of our stables, threatening horses’ and humans’ respiratory health, said Katarzyna Wolny-Koładka, PhD, of the University of Agriculture Department of Microbiology, in Cracow, Poland. And those pathogens circulate in much denser levels when horses are kept closed-up in box stalls.
“Also the dust, formed during maintenance work within the facilities, contributes to the increase in the microbial concentration of the air,” said Wolny-Koładka said.
In their study, the researchers took air samples four times a year (once in each season) for three years from four to five locations within each of three riding stables in
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