Stall-side Equine Influenza Screening Test in the Works

Synbiotics Corporation of Kansas City, Mo., announced at the 54th Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) that a new screening test for equine influenza virus type A is under USDA review.

The test would provide rapid, horse-side diagnosis of the equine influenza virus. Research trial results were presented during a Dec. 8 breakfast seminar at the AAEP Convention by Tom Chambers, PhD, who heads the OIE Reference Laboratory for Equine Influenza at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky.

"The Synbiotics Equine Influenza Type A Diagnostic test is effective for detection of equine influenza in nasal swabs from horses," Chambers concluded.

Watch a Webinar on equine flu hosted by Chambers.

Equine influenza is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory disease in horses. It is highly contagious, and horses can spread flu virus from direct contact or coughing.

An outbreak of the virus occurred in 2007 in Australia, affecting an estimated 9,000 properties and almost 50,000 horses.

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