Piroplasmosis to be Discussed in WSU Innovators Lecture

A potentially deadly equine disease rarely seen in the United States poses a serious new threat to the multibillion dollar horse industry. Equine piroplasmosis, a tick-borne disease prevalent in about three-quarters of the world, now infects hundreds of horses in at least 13 states. Donald P. Knowles, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, will be presenting a lecture on piroplasmosis, titled "Reining in Disease, Protecting Horses Against a Deadly Threat," in Seattle, Wash., on March 23. The lecture is part of the Innovators Lecture Series

Washington State University scientists are leading critical research to stem the spread of equine piroplasmosis--and other animal diseases--through developing knowledge and novel vaccines. They're also exploring ways to possibly clear the disease from infected horses and improve diagnostic techniques. Knowles currently is research leader of the Animal Disease Research Unit of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, and professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. He is at the forefront of internationally collaborative efforts to promote global equine health, and he will provide insights on this innovative research.

The event
, which costs $45 per person, will be held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel (411 University Street, Seattle) on March 23. Registration is at 11:30, and the lunch program begins at noon.

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