Rhodococcus equi is a dangerous pathogen that causes pneumonia in foals that are generally between the ages of 3 weeks and 5 months. In cases that caretakers and veterinarians catch early, the foal can make a full recovery with proper treatment. However, in more serious cases the mortality rate is high.
To help you better understand R. equi‘s the pathogenesis (how it’s acquired and how it causes disease), its clinical signs, how to diagnose it, and more, we’ve compiled 10 resources available on TheHorse.com. For more information, visit the R. equi topic page or search “R. equi.”
ARTICLE: Researchers Study Potential R. equi Vaccine Vaccinating mares against the polysaccharide poly-N-acetyl glucosamine appears to effectively protect foals against R. equi pneumonia, researchers found. Read More
ARTICLE: Managing and Preventing R. equi Pneumonia in Foals R. equi can cause significant economic losses, but researchers are still working to understand how and why it develops and how to prevent it. Read More
ARTICLE: Gallium Nitrate and R. equi Shedding Treatment of mares with oral gallium nitrate significantly reduced fecal concentrations of virulent R. equi but had no detectable impact on airborne concentrations, one researcher concluded. Read More