May 01, 2001
Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents--whether ... Read More
May 01, 2001
I have a pony on a farm where strangles has broken out. There are about 80 horses on this farm on about 100 acres (split into different pastures). We don't know where the infection started, but horses which show signs are being treated. What... Read More
April 02, 2001
Disinfection and cleanliness cannot be over-emphasized in the face of a strangles outbreak. In addition to direct contact with positive horses, Streptococcus equi can be introduced by contaminated hands, clothing, and equipment. Ask your... Read More
February 09, 2001
"Just when you think it can't get much worse, it got worse," said Boyd Browning, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction firm, on Feb. 5. Browning was discussing complications involving the... Read More
April 01, 1999
Vaccines have been true godsends the world over. Diseases that once laid waste to large segments of the human population now are held in check by vaccines. One of those killing diseases, smallpox, has been eradicated. Much the same has happened... Read More
March 19, 1999
Complaints indicating an outbreak of Streptococcus equi (strangles) in the area led the Animal Disease Control for the state's Department of Agriculture to conduct an investigation in Davie, Fla. The investigation took place March 5 and... Read More
February 13, 1998
Until recently, vaccinating for strangles (Streptococcus equi) was a painful procedure for both horses and their owners. Conventional intramuscular vaccination often caused lameness and inflammation that could... Read More
January 02, 1998
The International Collating Center, Newmarket, reported the following disease outbreaks.
Influenza was reported from France, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. the latter included an outbreak among Thoroughbred racehorses in... Read More
May 01, 1997
Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi, this highly contagious disease is most common and severe in young horses.
One beautiful spring morning, you are milling around in the barn after the morning feeding trying to... Read More
October 01, 1996
Any horse which is sick and suspected of having a contagious disease should be immediately isolated from the healthy stock. If possible, a single person should be assigned to the care of this animal, and that person should be educated to use proper ... Read More
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