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New Piroplasmosis Treatment Could Include Ellagic Acid

Ellagic acid in nanoparticles may be able to fight piroplasmosis in horses and other animals. Notoriously hard to treat, piroplasmosis is a protozoal infection that has no vaccination options–and treatment choices are limited. Spread by ticks, improperly sanitized surgical equipment or the reuse of needles, some regions of the world require euthanasia of the infected […]

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Hepatitis Virus Found In Equine Serum Samples Worldwide

Equine parvovirus-hepatitis (EqPV-H), which causes liver disease in horses, is believed to be in commercial horse serum worldwide, scientists have found. However, the researchers could not determine if the DNA particles found in the samples were infectious. EqPV-H has only recently been identified with equine serum hepatitis; the disease has been reported after the use […]

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Equine Pathogen Causes Vision Loss in South African Student

Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus is traditionally found in livestock, including horses, pigs and cattle. In horses, Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus is ususally isolated from the uterus of mares. A 16-year-old girl in South Africa lost vision in her right eye and had a severe case of sinusitis; the unlikely culprit was determined to be the […]

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Bad Year For Bites: West Nile Confirmed In Additional AZ Mosquitoes

Phoenix was recently ranked as the 11th worst city for mosquitoes in 2019, with a significant increase in the mosquito population in the West Valley this year compared to 2018. Additionally, there is a significant increase in the number of mosquitoes that are carrying West Nile Virus. Thus far in 2019, there have been 68 […]

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22 Horses Positive For Piroplasmosis in Tennessee

Three Middle Tennessee counties have been quarantined because of an equine piroplasmosis outbreak. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is investigating the cases in Bedford, Williamson and Rutherford counties. The blood parasite has affected 22 horses and is typically transmitted through infected ticks, but it can also be spread through between horses through the use of […]

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Healthy Broodmares Can Shed EHV-1 Vaginally

Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has been in the headlines lately as outbreaks have occurred across the country. EHV-1 can cause respiratory infections as well as neurologic disease; it can also cause abortion in pregnant mares. The virus can be difficult to control; adding to the difficulty of curbing the disease, horses can shed the EHV-1 without […]

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In Focus: Equine Eye Injuries

An equine eye injury always warrants a call to the veterinarian, whether it looks serious or not; at times an eye issue may not seem serious, but it can quickly escalates into a massive issue, which could include loss of vision in the affected eye. Horses are hardwired for stoicism, so they may not let […]

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Mosquitoes: More Than Just A Nuisance

Mosquitoes are annoying, but they’re more than just a nuisance—they can carry diseases that harm the neurologic system of both horses and humans. The diseases that affect both horses and humans include: West Nile virus (WNV) Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) Western equine encephalitis (WEE) Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) West Nile Virus (WNV) does not always […]

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Dental Pain Often Overlooked As Potential Culprit In Horses With Behavioral Issues

Some behavioral issues in horses may be related to tooth pain, which is not readily recognized by owners, researchers say. Dr. Jaana Pehkonen, of the University of Helsinki, along with Drs. Leena Karmab and Marja Raekallioc, interviewed 47 horse owners whose equines had had a tooth removed because of a bacterial infection in the tip […]

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Pollen: Paving The Way For EHV-1 Infection

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) could be driven by pollen, new research suggests. Well-known for its ability to trigger allergies and asthma, little is known about how pollen interacts with respiratory membranes. Pollens release proteins and allergens when they come into contact with moisture in the respiratory tract of animals and people. The proteins include […]

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