Animals : an open access journal from MDPI2020; 10(10); 1910; doi: 10.3390/ani10101910

Current Trends in Understanding and Managing Equine Rhodococcosis.

Abstract: The aim of this review was to summarize studies on equine rhodococcosis over the last decade. For many years has remained one of the major health challenges in the equine breeding industry worldwide. Recently, many novel approaches and ideas have been described and some of them were initially implemented into the clinical practice. This study reviews a variety of new information about neonatal susceptibility, clinical appearance, considered and applied diagnostic procedures and treatment alternatives, factors limiting accurate prognosis, ideas regarding environmental management and prophylaxis considerations. Although multiple research were conducted, the main problems such as high morbidity and mortality, a lack of reliable prevention strategies and treatment limitations are still unresolved and require further scientific effort.
Publication Date: 2020-10-18 PubMed ID: 33081047PubMed Central: PMC7603097DOI: 10.3390/ani10101910Google Scholar: Lookup
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This research article presents a summary of the major breakthroughs and trends in understanding and managing equine rhodococcosis, an infectious disease that affects horses, over the last ten years. The study encompasses a range of topics including animal susceptibility, diagnostic procedures, treatment alternatives, and preventative measures.

Understanding Neonatal Susceptibility

The researchers have compiled evidence that sheds light on the susceptibility of equine neonates to rhodococcosis. This involves:

  • Identifying the genetic and environmental factors that make them more susceptible to the disease
  • Exploring how their immune system responds to infection

Clinical Appearance

The researchers discuss the complexity of the clinical appearance of rhodococcosis. This includes:

  • Analyzing its symptoms and how they differ from one horse to another
  • Examining the different stages of the disease and how they present clinically

Diagnostic Procedures and Treatment Alternatives

The paper explores the latest diagnostic procedures being considered and applied for rhodococcosis detection. In terms of treatment, a range of alternatives and advancements are outlined:

  • Presenting novel ways of detecting the bacterium that causes rhodococcosis
  • Describing recent advancements in antibiotic therapy and other treatment measures

Prognosis Limitations and Prophylaxis Considerations

The article discusses the difficulties in making accurate predictions about the course and outcome of rhodococcosis in horses. Additionally, the authors delve into potential measures for preventing the disease:

  • Addressing the challenges faced when predicting the progression of the disease
  • Providing updated recommendations and strategies for prevention of rhodococcosis

Unresolved Problems and Future Efforts

Despite considerable progress in understanding and managing equine rhodococcosis, the study highlights persisting issues with high morbidity and mortality, unreliable prevention strategies, and limitations in treatment. As such, researchers argue for:

  • Further research and scientific effort to address these ongoing challenges
  • Emphasizing the need for more effective treatment and prevention strategies for this serious equine disease

Cite This Article

Rakowska A, Cywinska A, Witkowski L. (2020). Current Trends in Understanding and Managing Equine Rhodococcosis. Animals (Basel), 10(10), 1910.


ISSN: 2076-2615
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Country: Switzerland
Language: English
Volume: 10
Issue: 10
PII: 1910

Researcher Affiliations

Rakowska, Alicja
  • Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159c, 02-787 Warszawa, Poland.
Cywinska, Anna
  • Department of Pathology and Veterinary Diagnostics, Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 1, 02-787 Warszawa, Poland.
Witkowski, Lucjan
  • Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159c, 02-787 Warszawa, Poland.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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