Rattles in Horses

  • 34 pages

  • Published: 3 Aug 2006

  • Author(s): Browning, Glen, Prof

  • ISBN: 1-74151-360-X

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Rhodococcus equi (R. equi), commonly referred to as rattles, is an important cause of pneumonia in young foals. Recent findings have established that only some isolates of Rhodococcus equi can cause rattles in foals. However all previous studies on factors affecting the numbers of R. equi in the environment of foals have assumed that all isolates are significant. Limited studies in the laboratory have shown that virulent R. equi grow less rapidly than avirulent isolates under particular conditions, suggesting that the previous studies may not have established the most hazardous conditions on studs for the development of rattles.