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AAEP publishes updated infectious disease guidelines

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published its Updated Infectious Disease Control Guidelines, which includes newly created guidelines for Rhodoccocus equi.

Most of the changes to the current guidelines pertain to updated sampling and control measures. The AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee also amended suspected case guidelines for respiratory, neurologic, and clostridial diarrhea to outline appropriate actions and steps for suspected cases, along with several resource documents for sampling and equine herpesvirus.

Additionally, R. equi has been added to the existing list of available infectious disease guidelines.

Rhodococcus equi remains a significant disease of growing foals despite considerable research into its treatment and prevention,” said Peter Morresey, BVSc, DACT, DACVIM, 2017 chair of the Disease Guidelines Subcommittee. “These new guidelines incorporate current thinking and a systematic approach balancing diagnostics, therapeutics, and economics.”

All of the guidelines have been reformatted for improved consistency and navigation. The guidelines documents are now available as PDFs, enabling practitioners to save the guidelines to their portable devices for access offline in the field. They also contain links to other resources on all disease conditions for those wanting additional reference material.

Visit aaep.org/guidelines/infectious-disease-control/using-guidelines to view and/or download the new and updated guidelines.

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