New Zealand Horse Positive For Piroplasmosis; Australia Halts Imports

The exportation of horses from New Zealand to Australia have been suspended as an imported mare has tested positive for equine piroplasmosis. This halt comes two weeks after the two countries had resumed the movement of horses after the COVID-19 lockdown. Caused by a blood infection spread by ticks, infected animals that show symptoms generally […]

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New Equine Piroplasmosis Test Could Be Administered On Farm

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 […]

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Hands-On Equine Exam Imperative For Finding Ticks

Though ticks can affect horses any time of year, March, April, May and June are the most problematic months for ticks in spring; October, November and December are the worst for tick attachment in the fall. Ticks don’t care what the weather is or what time of day it is–they will attach to a horse […]

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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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Ticked Off? Donkeys May Help

Donkeys may help keep people and animals safe in more ways than just with their guardian capabilities: Their sebum may help repel a deadly type of tick. A tick found in South America, Amblyomma sculptum, is an important vector for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, also called Brazilian Spotted Fever.  The most lethal tick-born pathogen that […]

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Tick Trouble: Foreign Longhorn Tick Found In VA

The second case of an invasive and exotic tick has been reported to the Virginia Department of Agriculture. Found in Warren County on horses that are locally owned, the first report of a longhorn (bush) tick was on a calf in Albemarle County. Native to Japan, China and Australia, little is known about these ticks […]

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Tick Removal Key To Reducing Disease Transmission

While it’s important to minimize a horse’s exposure to tick habitat by mowing fields and cutting down branches that overhang pastures, it’s also imperative that direct measures are taken to prevent ticks on horses. The most important of these measures is to inspect horses each day for attached ticks, specifically in the mane and at the […]

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Reducing Risks From Tick-Borne Diseases

In the United States, human cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases have been increasing steadily each year, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are currently tens of thousands of cases reported annually. The United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified Lyme disease and anaplasmosis as the […]

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Equine Piroplasmosis Positive Causes Quarantine In New Mexico Training Center

A private racehorse training facility in southern New Mexico is under quarantine after a single horse there was confirmed to have a parasitic disease. The New Mexico Livestock Board imposed the quarantine–no horses in, no horses out–at Jovi Training Stables late Friday after one horse there was confirmed to have equine piroplasmosis (EP). EP is […]

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