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‘Gas Gangrene’ An Equine Emergency

A rare-but-serious bacterial infection, clostridial myositis, causes inflammation, muscle death and the release of toxins into a horse’s bloodstream. Prompt intervention with aggressive antibiotic treatment and wound debridement is key to a horse’s survival. Also called gas gangrene, myonecrosis or malignant edema, it occurs most often in horses that have received an injection in their […]

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West Nile Virus: Still A Real Threat To Equines

West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, was first identified in 1999 and infected nearly 1,000 horses per year until 2006, when an effective vaccine was developed. In 2011, there were only 87 cases of West Nile, but the number of reported cases has been on the rise fairly rapidly, with nearly 500 cases […]

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Additional Cases Of Anthrax In Texas Horses

On July 29, three additional anthrax cases were reported in Texas. Two horses in Crockett County and one in Uvalde County had been diagnosed with anthrax on July 22, reported the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). To date, there are 14 areas with confirmed cases of anthrax in five Texas counties: Crockett, Kinney, Sutton, Uvalde, […]

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International Travel Of Equines May Spread Parasitic Disease Dourine

Dourine is a parasitic venereal disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma equiperdum. Also dubbed “covering disease,” it has been described as a neglected-horse disease in the past, but scientists believe that the condition warrants greater attention, including better diagnostics to discover it and better drugs to treat it, mostly because of the increasing international movement […]

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Equine Strangles Vaccine Available In 2020

The Swedish-based biotechnology company Intervacc, has, together with 3P Biopharmaceuticals, the contracted manufacturer of Strangvac in Barcelona, Spain, secured large-scale production of the vaccine against equine strangles. The technology transfer of manufacturing and the verification of reproducibility of the manufacturing process for Strangvac has thereby been completed. The commercial manufacturing of the vaccine, which is […]

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Potential New Vaccine For African Horse Sickness Identified

The International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) is pleased to announce that significant steps have been taken towards the identification of a new vaccine for African Horse Sickness (AHS). Over the past three years, the IHSC has supported a number of research projects in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). These projects have […]

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There’s Nothing Sweet About Sweet Itch

Sweet itch is a chronic skin condition also called by the names Culicoides hypersensitivity, summer dermatitis or seasonal equine dermatitis. Triggered by the saliva of biting midges or gnats, also called “no-see-ums,” only some horses have a heightened response to the bite, reports The Horse. Culicoides typically live near water and feed in the evenings; […]

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Flu Outbreak In U.S. And Europe Cause For Concern

Equine flu has made headlines in both the United States and Europe recently, as it has been affecting even horses that had been vaccinated against it. Though the type of flu differs slightly between the two countries, with the amount of horses traveling internationally, experts have recommended that vaccines for both strains be given to […]

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Schedule Vaccinations Wisely To Ensure Complete Protection

When traveling off the farm, vaccine administration that is timed correctly can ensure that a horse stays as healthy as possible. When a horse is given a vaccine, his immune system sees the injection as a foreign antigen and rallies his antibodies against it. It takes a few weeks for his body to develop full […]

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The Real Threat Of Rabies In Horses: Always Fatal But Always Preventable

Annual rabies immunization is considered a core vaccine by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP); while rabies cases in livestock is fairly rare, the outcome is deadly if a horse is infected. Rabies is preventable with the administration of the vaccine, which is 100 percent effective. A horse with rabies may initially not look […]

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