Journal article

THE PREVALENCE OF ENTERIC PATHOGENS IN DIARRHEIC THOROUGHBRED FOALS IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND

GF BROWNING, RM CHALMERS, DR SNODGRASS, RM BATT, CA HART, SE ORMAROD, D LEADON, SJ STONEHAM, PD ROSSDALE

Equine Veterinary Journal | EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL LTD | Published : 1991

Abstract

A survey of 77 normal and 326 diarrhoeic foals in Britain and Ireland from 1987 to 1989 revealed a significantly higher prevalence of Group A rotaviruses and Aeromonas hydrophila in diarrhoeic foals. The prevalence of cryptosporidia, potentially pathogenic Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica and Clostridium perfringens was similar in normal or diarrhoeic foals. Rotaviruses had a similar prevalence in all age groups of scouring foals up to three months of age, with an overall prevalence of 37 per cent among diarrhoeic foals. The number of cases of diarrhoea varied considerably from year to year, but in all three years of the survey rotavirus was a significant pathogen. A comparison of d..

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