How to Treat Equine Influenza?

Treatment for equine influenza involves treating the symptoms and allowing your horse to rest. Just like the human flu virus, there is no cure for equine influenza. At least 6 weeks of rest are recommended in order for the damaged liner of the upper respiratory tract to adequately heal.

How does a horse get equine influenza?

Equine influenza is highly contagious and the virus spreads rapidly through groups of horses in aerosolized droplets dispersed by coughing or through fomite transmission. The majority of the clinical signs are respiratory and may also include fever, edema and enlarged lymph nodes.

Is equine influenza contagious?

Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) causes a respiratory disease (Flu) that can range from mild to severe. Horses with influenza may have a fever, nasal discharge, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weakness, but most notably COUGH. Because coughing horses aerosolize the virus, equine influenza is very contagious.

Can a human catch a cold from a horse?

Can you get a disease from your horse? Yes, but the good news is that direct horse to human disease transmission is rare.

Can you vaccinate for EHV-1?

While there are several vaccines available for protection against both respiratory disease and abortion as a result of EHV-1 infection, at this time there is no equine licensed vaccine that has a label claim for protection against neurologic disease (EHM).

What is a zoonotic disease?

Disease Transmitted from Animals to Humans. A zoonosis (zoonotic disease or zoonoses -plural) is an infectious disease that is transmitted between species from animals to humans (or from humans to animals).

What is the Animal Health Act 1981?

The Animal Health Act 1981 (as amended by the Animal Health Act 2002) provides for the control of outbreaks of animal diseases, including FMD. This includes the slaughter of any animals for the purposes of preventing the spread of the disease.

What is disease notification?

Disease notification is the collection of reports of cases of illness required by law, which include information on symptoms, on demographic characteristics, and key risk factors.

Is parvovirus notifiable?

Parvovirus B19 is not a notifiable disease and testing practice is likely to vary around the country: with the exception of women presenting with a rash illness in pregnancy, there is no recommendation for routine testing for parvovirus B19.

Can a horse recover from pneumonia?

Treatment of mild to moderate cases of pneumonia can be successful, and typically includes antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and supportive care. In more severe cases, treatment can be challenging as permanent damage can be done to the lung tissue.

How often can you give penicillin to a horse?

DOSAGE: The dosage for cattle, sheep, swine, and horses is 3000 units per pound of body weight, or 1.0 mL for each 100 pounds of bodyweight, once daily. Treatment should not exceed 7 days in non-lactating dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and swine, or 5 days in lactating dairy cattle.


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