Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mules' Role as Shedders in California EHV-1 Outbreak - Full Article

By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Associate Managing Editor • Jan 19, 2013 • Article #31233

Outbreaks of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) have caused great financial and equine losses in recent years. These cases have solely affected horses, with no reports in the literature of any mules or donkeys showing clinical signs. Some of these equids have, however, shown evidence of antibodies against EHV-1 in their blood, prompting a group of researchers from the University of California (UC), Davis, to evaluate the role mules might play in EHV-1 spread.

Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis, shared the results at the 2012 International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases, held Oct. 21-26, in Lexington, Ky...

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