18 Florida Horses Positive for Piroplasmosis

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 premises. All have been directly connected to other positive horses.

The DOACS has tested more than 160 horses on 18 premises. The quarantine on four of these premises will soon be lifted, as the exposure of horses on these properties occurred more than 60 days ago and all testing has returned negative results.

Five of the positive horses have either been euthanized or sent to National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for further study.

According to the DOACS statement, the current evidence indicates that ticks have not played a role in the spread of the disease. Tick surveillance is continuing and more than 60 ticks have been collected from positive or surrounding premises. No foreign or exotic ticks capable of transmitting this disease have been found.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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