Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)

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EPM Management

The words equine protozoal myeloencephalitis first appeared in this publication more than five years ago, and while the scientific community has made great advances in unraveling certain aspects of this disease, other areas still beg for answers

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Marquis Unveiled

The first FDA-approved treatment for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), Marquis, was launched Aug. 23 at Bayer’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida College of Veterinary

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Skunk Revealed As EPM Intermediate Host

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk serves as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. The

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In the News Seminar”In the News Seminar”n the Ne

An attentive audience gathered to learn more about foot and mouth disease (FMD), West Nile virus (WNV), and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) from experts on Friday, April 27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Peter Timoney,

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EPM: The Next Step(s)

EPM research is proceeding at a fast pace across the country, as you will see in our EPM Special Report this month. There are many questions to be answered, and many of those answers result in more questions. Here are some of the knowns, and the

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Michigan EPM Studies–Exposure, Testing, Control

Research from Michigan State University (MSU) estimates that 60% of horses in the state have been exposed to Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Analysis showed that seroprevalence

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Armadillo Linked to EPM

A recent study from the University of Florida found that the nine-banded armadillo is an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal

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EPM Study

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious and often fatal neurologic disease of equids. Animals affected by EPM can demonstrate a variety of clinical abnormalities, and signs can vary tremendously in severity. Classically, horses wit

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents–whether

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Special Report: EPM

The world of equine health will never be the same. That statement seems out of context when talking about one research project about one parasite that causes one disease. But, horse owners know that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)–the

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EPM Vaccine Licensed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 18 that it had issued a conditional license to Fort Dodge Laboratories, Inc., of Fort Dodge, Iowa, a division of American Home Products, Inc., for a vaccine intended to aid in the prevention o

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EPM: A Vet’s View

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious neurological disease and a common cause of ataxia (lack of coordinated movements) and weakness in horses. The causative agent of EPM is Sarcocystis neurona, a protozoan parasite that infects

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Final NAHMS Equine ’98 Study Information Released

Lameness ranks as the most expensive health issue for horse owners nationwide (as compared to colic and EPM), according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Equine ’98 Study. NAHMS

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