Piroplasmosis in Florida: Some Quarantines Lifted

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.

Of these 19, five properties currently house positive horses. A total of 20 horses were confirmed positive for the disease. Five have been removed from the state through euthanasia or transfer to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for further study.

Acccording to a statement released Sept. 12 by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, spread of the disease is currently believed to be due to management practices--not via tick transmission. Thus far tick surveillance has found no exotic ticks. None of the domestic ticks tested have been positive for the organisms that cause equine piroplasmosis.

There are no state restrictions on Florida horses; however, Canadian officials notified the USDA this week that they will no longer accept horses originating in Florida. The state veterinarian's office is working with the USDA to try to have these restrictions reduced or lifted, the statement noted.

Read more at "Piroplasmosis Update: 20 Positive, Tracing Exposed Horses."

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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