New Equine Piroplasmosis Test Could Be Administered On Farm

by | 03.18.2020 | 9:15am

A new test for equine piroplasmosis may be able to be administered in the field. Piroplasmosis is spread by ticks and is common in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. An outbreak of piroplasmosis has economic consequences as well as halts international equine movement.

Horses that have piroplasmosis have a high fever, go off their feed and are lethargic. Their legs may swell, as does their spleen; they have a rapid heart rate and urine discoloration. Affected horses may die. If the horse recovers, he will be recessive carrier of the disease, possibly infecting other horses.

Because of this threat, it's essential that horses carrying the disease are able to be detected. Drs. Rong Lei, Xinyi Wang, Di Zhang, Yize Liu, Qijun Chen and Ning Jiang developed a test that can detect two disease-causing protozoa: Theileria equi and Babesia caballi. In order to detect the organism, the test amplifies specific genes. The researchers are hopeful that the 20-minute test can be administered in the field rather than waiting multiple days to get results from a laboratory.

Read the full study here.

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