In middle Tennessee, 17 racing Quarter Horses tested positive for Equine Piroplasmosis, according to newschannel5.com. EP is a blood parasite affecting horses, which in the early stages causes weakness, lack of appetite, swollen limbs and labored breathing. Those surviving the acute phase of EP may be carriers of the disease for a long time.
Occasionally the disease may be spread by infected ticks, but it is more commonly spread by blood and blood products, including sharing of needles, dental, tattoo, surgical or blood product equipment.
The Tennessee state veterinary office has opened an investigation into the case. All 17 horses are located in Rutherford County.
Read more at newschannel5.com.
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