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University of Ky’s Gluck Center and VDL preliminarily identify novel rotavirus affecting foal crop


Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have preliminarily identified a novel Rotavirus associated with diarrhea in very young foals.

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers have developed a multipronged research plan to address the problem. (Photo by Matt Barton, UK AG)

The virus could not be detected using current diagnostic tests for equine Rotavirus A and appears to be different than the virus strain used in the currently available commercial vaccine.

Efforts are underway to better characterize the virus and determine its role in the current outbreak of diarrheal disease. Additional investigations are also underway at UK to identify other possible causes, and researchers are sending out an epidemiological survey to farms to better understand the outbreak.

Both the Gluck Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab recommend strict biosecurity protocols as the best protection strategy at this time.

Read KyForward’s March 21 story regarding the responst to the uptick in foal diarrhea cases.

From University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment


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