Reining In Equine Infectious Respiratory Diseases

Controlling disease spread can be challenging. A veterinarian offers tips on how to react if your farm becomes infected.

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Disease spreads invisibly, often thanks to horses shedding disease but not showing signs. In equine disease outbreaks a veterinarian often wears the hats of sleuth, adviser, and sometimes unpopular gatekeeper/rule enforcer.

At the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Orlando, Florida, Peter Morresey, BVSc, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, described how to investigate and control infectious respiratory disease outbreaks.

Leading causes of these outbreaks in equine populations include equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 and equine influenza virus, as well as equine arteritis virus and strangles (Streptococcus equi subspecies equi)

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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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