Journal article

Air sampling in the breathing zone of neonatal foals for prediction of subclinical Rhodococcus equi infection

C Chicken, G Muscatello, J Freestone, GA Anderson, GF Browning, JR Gilkerson



REASONS FOR PERFORMING THE STUDY: Disease caused by Rhodococcus equi is a significant burden to the horse breeding industry worldwide. Early detection of rhodococcal pneumonia, albeit important to minimise treatment costs, is difficult because of the insidious nature of the disease and the lack of definitive diagnostic tests. OBJECTIVES: To investigate air sampling from the breathing zone of neonatal foals as a predictor of subsequent rhodococcal pneumonia. METHODS: Air samples were collected from the breathing zone of 53 neonatal foals (age ≤10 days) and again at the time of routine ultrasonographic screening for R. equi pneumonia (age 1-2 months). RESULTS: Pneumonia was diagnosed ultrasono..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this research was provided by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).The authors would like to acknowledge the support provided for this study by the stud farm involved, The University of Melbourne, Scone Equine Hospital and the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre (HVERC).