More Farms Released from Piroplasmosis Quarantine

September 29, 2008

Florida agriculture officials are releasing additional farms from equine piroplasmosis quarantine. There are currently 13 premises under state quarantine. One farm still has positive horses on the premises.

At the height of the... Read More


Seven Premises Released from Piroplasmosis Quarantine

September 22, 2008

Seven of the premises quarantined by Florida officials due to exposure to equine piroplasmosis have been released. Eighteen premises are still under quarantine. Positive horses are currently located at three of these properties, according to a... Read More


Four Equine Piroplasmosis Quarantines Lifted in Florida

September 17, 2008

Four additional premises in Florida have been released from quarantine as all horses on those premises have tested negative for equine piroplasmosis. There are currently 15 premises still under quarantine. Five of those premises have at... Read More


Piroplasmosis in Florida: Some Quarantines Lifted

September 12, 2008

Florida agriculture officials have started lifting quarantines at the some of the properties with animals exposed to equine piroplasmosis. Three premises have been released due to negative testing on all horses, leaving 19 under state quarantine... Read More


Piroplasmosis Update: 20 Positive, Tracing Exposed Horses

September 10, 2008

Florida agriculture officials announced Sept. 8 that 20 horses have been confirmed positive for the foreign animal disease equine piroplasmosis, but even though this might sound... Read More


20 Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis, Investigation Ongoing

September 09, 2008

Two additional premises exposed to equine piroplasmosis came to light last weekend, according to a statement released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs (DOACS). Each property has one horse that tests positive for the... Read More


18 Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

September 06, 2008

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) stated Sept. 5 that 18 Florida horses have now tested positive for equine piroplasmosis. These horses live on four... Read More


10 Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

September 04, 2008

The investigation into equine piroplasmosis conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS) in conjunction with the USDA has now turned up 10 horses positive for the disease. These horses live on three properties... Read More


Two More Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

September 01, 2008

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' investigation into equine piroplamosis has uncovered two additional positive animals in Polk County. These two cases bring the number of positive horses to eight. These cases... Read More


Officials Test More Than 90 Florida Horses for Piroplasmosis

August 29, 2008

The investigation into equine piroplasmosis in Florida is ongoing. The state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a statement Aug. 28 indicating that 11... Read More


Vet Preparations in Progress for World Equestrian Games

August 26, 2008

While the attention of most equine enthusiasts was turned to Hong Kong for the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, preparations were well under way for the next major international equine competition: the 2010 Alltech FEI... Read More


No New Piroplasmosis Cases, Canada Bans Horses from Affected County

August 25, 2008

The Florida State Veterinarian's Office is continuing to investigate the equine piroplasmosis (EP) case in Manatee County. While Tropical Storm Fay delayed some investigation efforts,... Read More


Horse on Contact Premises Positive for Piroplasmosis

August 25, 2008

According to an Aug. 25 statement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS), a horse on a second property has tested positive for equine piroplasmosis.

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner... Read More


Foreign Disease Equine Piroplasmosis Found in Five Florida Horses

August 20, 2008

Equine piroplasmosis was eradicated officially from Florida (and, thereby, the United States) in 1988. So it came as a shock to many people in the equine industry to hear that a horse in Florida was confirmed positive for the disease last week.... Read More


Four More Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

August 19, 2008

From a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Animal Industry release:

Testing performed on samples from horses on the index premises in Manatee County, Fla., have indicated that four additional horses... Read More


Equine Piroplasmosis Case in Florida

August 18, 2008

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced Aug. 15 that a horse in Manatee County, Fla., has been diagnosed with Read More


'Fever Ticks' Spreading Across Texas Could Have Equine Impact

July 11, 2008

Veterinarians from the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) are worried because fever ticks (Boophilus microplus) capable of carrying and transmitting deadly cattle "tick fever" protozoans Babesia bigemina or Babesia bovis,... Read More


Cardiac Arrhythmias and Piroplasmosis

September 30, 2006

Italian researchers have documented a rare case of cardiac arrhythmia in a horse with piroplasmosis. While it had been noted in other domestic animal species, equine cardiac dysfunction associated with piroplasmosis had not appeared in the... Read More


AAEP 2004:Infectious Diseases Forum

February 07, 2005

Veterinarians swapped ideas on hot topics in the realm of equine infectious disease in the Infectious Disease Forum at the 2004 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 3-8 in Denver, Colo. Steve Conboy, DVM, a private... Read More


Piroplasmosis Testing

February 01, 2005

Piroplasmosis is an infectious, tick-borne disease caused by one of two parasites, Babesia equi or Babesia caballi, which attack and destroy red blood cells in horses. The mortality rate can be as high as 20% among susceptible... Read More


USDA Instituting New Blood Test for Equine Piroplasmosis

January 19, 2004

Effective Feb. 1, 2004, the USDA will institute a new blood test for determining the equine piroplasmosis status of horses upon entry into the United States.

The competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (CELISA) is more sensitive... Read More


AAEP 2002: Infectious Diseases Subdued, Not Eradicated

February 21, 2003

In discussing anthrax, screwworms, and piroplasmosis, Irby said that the three disease are related in that each "can affect equids, has the potential to devastate domestic livestock, is present in many foreign countries, and may... Read More


USDA Exempts Iceland from Horse Testing Regulation

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule earlier this month that amends the regulations to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and... Read More



October 18, 2001

There are three very important topics that need to be covered this month, all of which have to do with horses, horse owners, and horse health. And all have to do with communication and the importance of making sure that the message you want sent... Read More


Piroplasmosis: First Step On A Long Road

October 16, 2001

I'm not happy, but I am satisfied. I'm not happy because I still think there are more questions than answers about letting horses positive for piroplasmosis enter the United States and compete in the Olympics. I'm not happy because I think this... Read More