AAEP (The American Association of Equine Practitioners) has just published a new “Updated Infectious Disease Control Guideline”. This updated version of the guideline now includes Rhodoccocus equi.

Rhodococcus equi mostly causes zoonotic infections in grazing animals, mainly horses and foals.

The most common physical manifestation of this infection is necrotizing pneumonia. Extrapulmonary infections with this bacteria may include abscesses, meningitis, peritonitis, pericarditis, osteomyelitis, lymphadenitis, septic arthritis, bloody diarrhea, and fever.

Rhodoccocus equi has been added to the already existing list of equine infectious diseases, while the others on the list were updated on sampling and control measures.

The AAEP’s Committee has also revised suspected case guidelines for respiratory, neurological and clostridial diarrhea. They outlined more appropriate actions and steps to approach suspected cases. They also added documents for sampling and equine herpesvirus.

To read more about the guidelines, click here: https://goo.gl/QY5W8q