Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)

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AAEP 2002: Prevention of EPM

January 14, 2003

 “Why should we be concerned about EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis)?” asked William J.A. Saville, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, of The Ohio State University (OSU) at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention.... Read More

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EPM Medication Q&A

May 01, 2002

My horse was diagnosed with EPM last year. We tried Baycox for one month--no change. Since then, he has been on a daily dosage of sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine combination (SDZ/PYR) for approximately nine months. Would it be advisable to give... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: Veterinary Forums

February 01, 2002

The day before the scientific sessions started during the AAEP Convention, there was a series of forums and committee meetings. These were moderated by selected experts in those fields, and were open to anyone for a majority of the time. The las... Read More

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Sea Otter an EPM Intermediate Host

January 24, 2002

Researchers recently identified the sea otter as a natural intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the one-celled protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). Muscle from a naturally-infected sea otter use... Read More

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S. neurona antibody prevalence in horses at Morehead State

January 09, 2002

From Equine Disease Quarterly, Funded by Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, Brokers, and Their Kentucky Agents, Read More

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Raccoon Another EPM Natural Intermediate Host

November 14, 2001

Researchers at the USDA and The Ohio State University (OSU) have found that the raccoon can serve as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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EPM Vaccine

November 02, 2001

On Dec. 18, 2000, a vaccine to prevent EPM was approved by the USDA. As of Jan. 25, a total of 43 states had approved the use of the EPM vaccine under USDA conditional licensure. The vaccine must be used under the supervision of a... Read More

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EPM Treatments, Vaccine

November 02, 2001

Horse owners worried about equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) take note: In the next few months, there could be several new products reaching the market designed to treat or prevent this neurological disease caused by a single-celled... Read More

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FDA Approves First EPM Treatment

November 01, 2001

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. Bayer Animal Health of Shawnee Mission, Kan., is the sponsor of the drug ponazuril, which will have the trade name... Read More

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Skunk Revealed as an EPM Intermediate Host

November 01, 2001

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk can serve as an intermediate host in the laboratory for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The striped skunk's... Read More

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EPM Treatment Research

November 01, 2001

More than 50 years ago, horses at The Jockey Club in San Paulo, Brazil, were suffering from a neurologic disease that caused muscle wasting. In 1964, that same disease was seen in North America. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the... Read More

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EPM: Hope At Last

October 10, 2001

It seems to work! Because of research on new drug treatments for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), horse owners might soon be able to kill the parasite that they now only can control effectively about 60% of the time. Preliminary researc... Read More

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Studies on Vitamin E

October 09, 2001

Researchers at Oregon State University and elsewhere are continuing to examine the role of vitamin E in horse health, including disease prevention and therapy. In particular, vitamin E deficiencies and/or supplementation could be important... Read More

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Researchers Declare War On EPM

September 17, 2001

According to a number of researchers across the country, anything less than an all-out scientific assault on several fronts will not result in a victory in the battle to conquer equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Veterinary schools, equin... Read More

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EPM Vaccine Argument

September 13, 2001

When there is a new drug or vaccine going through the approval process with FDA or USDA, there are certain criteria that have to be met. We discuss this in-depth in our article that begins on page 37. The... Read More

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EPM Management

September 12, 2001

The words equine protozoal myeloencephalitis first appeared in this publication more than five years ago, and while the scientific community has made great advances in unraveling certain aspects of this disease, other areas still beg for answers... Read More

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Marquis Unveiled

August 31, 2001

The first FDA-approved treatment for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), Marquis, was launched Aug. 23 at Bayer's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Robert MacKay, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Florida College of Veterinary... Read More

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If All Else Fails, Use Baycox?

August 01, 2001

Several Standardbred trainers have told me that when a vet cannot find what is wrong with their horses, the vet will suggest putting them on Baycox. I recently had two vets tell me to try my 3-year-old trotter on Baycox. They had gone all... Read More

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Skunk Revealed As EPM Intermediate Host

July 13, 2001

Researchers have discovered that the striped skunk serves as an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) in horses. The... Read More

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"In the News" Seminar

July 01, 2001

An attentive audience gathered to learn more about foot and mouth disease (FMD), West Nile virus (WNV), and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) from experts on Friday, April 27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Peter Timoney,... Read More

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Michigan EPM Studies--Exposure, Testing, Control

June 01, 2001

Research from Michigan State University (MSU) estimates that 60% of horses in the state have been exposed to Sarcocystis neurona, the parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Analysis showed that seroprevalence... Read More

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EPM: The Next Step(s)

June 01, 2001

EPM research is proceeding at a fast pace across the country, as you will see in our EPM Special Report this month. There are many questions to be answered, and many of those answers result in more questions. Here are some of the knowns, and the... Read More

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Armadillo Linked to EPM

May 25, 2001

A recent study from the University of Florida found that the nine-banded armadillo is an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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EPM Study

May 25, 2001

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious and often fatal neurologic disease of equids. Animals affected by EPM can demonstrate a variety of clinical abnormalities, and signs can vary tremendously in severity. Classically, horses wit... Read More

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

May 01, 2001

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents--whether ... Read More