Why is this research project important?
Our recent study (in collaboration with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Scone Equine group) has confirmed that Chlamydia psittaci infections in horses is higher than originally thought and not limited to New South Wales. This suggests that this problem may be widespread and not just a recent phenomenon. Research has revealed contact with birds are a key part of the issue however little else is known about equine chlamydiosis.
In this current AgriFutures Australia funded project, we aim to reduce pregnancy losses in Australia’s thoroughbred industry by revealing basic information on the epidemiology of this disease, focussing on two key aspects of this disease, the C. psittaciinfected mare and the potential avian reservoirs of C. psittaci infection.