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Equine Practice
Equine respiratory disease: the carrier state
  1. James Wood

    James Wood has worked in epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust since 1990. His interests include infectious equine diseases and grass sickness, as well as some inherited diseases in pedigree dogs.

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  2. Neil Chanter

    Neil Chanter is head of the bacteriology section at the AHT. He is largely concerned with the control of respiratory disease in the horse, but also has research interests in venereal and diarrhoeal disease.

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  3. Richard Newton

    Richard Newton is currently the Home of Rest for Horses resident in equine epidemiology at the AHT. He has particular interests in the epidemiology of strangles and respiratory disease in racehorses.

Abstract

QUESTIONS frequently asked by veterinary surgeons involved in the management and control of cases or outbreaks of equine respiratory disease include: What is causing the problem? For how long are animals infectious after they have become sick? How long will the infection take to spread through the group? Should I shut the yard (or stud) down and, if so, for how long? Should I cancel the event? The aim of this article is to provide brief answers to these questions with practical information on specific infections. There is of course no general answer to questions concerning such things as event cancellation, but it is hoped that the article will enable more informed decisions to be made.

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