Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Emerging equine disease

In a looong but interesting piece, the Horse.com explores a veterinary aspect of emerging infectious diseases: … Ongoing outbreaks of disease in humans and animals worldwide have established repeatedly that the war on infectious diseases is not over. Indeed, fully one third of all human deaths worldwide are still caused by infectious diseases. Similarly, outbreaks of infectious diseases in horses will continue to occur as surely as new diseases will appear.

The challenge to the horse industry is to prepare for this reality and invest in the research needed to understand these diseases and the factors that lead to their emergence. By understanding the factors that influence the development, frequency and distribution of disease, we can develop reliable diagnostic techniques, effective therapies, and appropriate control strategies. This Horse Report presents some background information about infectious diseases and describes three diseases that have emerged recently and that may have a significant impact on horses. A fourth noninfectious condition is also described and is referred to as a syndrome--a group of signs that characterize a previously unrecognized disease. [The list includes:]

  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • African Horse Sickness
  • Equine Multinodular Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Bone Fragility Syndrome
A group of two-year-old Budjonny stallions in the stud farm Budjonny in southern Russia. Photo by Anna Edith Seuberth, Wikimedia Commons, under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation license, Version 1.2

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

hello friends I really liked this information, a few days ago I read something similar on a site called wound infections, I would like to receive updates on this issue, as it is very interesting, thanks!