The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice2014; 30(3); 623-640; doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2014.08.005

Managing Salmonella in equine populations.

Abstract: Infection control is achieved through all efforts used to prevent the introduction and limit the spread of contagious pathogens within a facility or population, with the goal of eliminating sources of potentially pathogenic microorganisms and to disrupt infectious disease transmission. Congregating animals from multiple sources, as occurs at veterinary hospitals, racetracks, equestrian events, and boarding and training facilities, increases the risk for transmission of infectious diseases such as salmonella. There is a recognizable standard of practice for infection control and due effort must be given to control and prevention of infectious disease transmission within animal populations and facilities.
Publication Date: 2014-10-03 PubMed ID: 25282320DOI: 10.1016/j.cveq.2014.08.005Google Scholar: Lookup
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The research article focuses on the implementation of efforts to prevent and control the spread of Salmonella in equine populations, particularly in areas where animals from different sources congregate, such as veterinary hospitals, racetracks, and boarding facilities.

Objective of the Study

The research seeks to understand and establish effective protocols for controlling the transmission of infectious diseases, specifically Salmonella, in equine populations. The focus is primarily on areas where horses from various backgrounds congregate, thus increasing the risk of disease transmission.

  • The purpose of the study revolves around the need to establish a standard protocol for infection control in facilities or circumstances that involve congregating animals from multiple sources.
  • The ultimate aim is to eliminate potential sources of pathogenic microorganisms and disrupt the spread of infectious diseases in these high-risk environments.

Importance of the Study

Salmonella outbreaks can have severe implications for equine health and can result in significant economic losses due to veterinary treatment costs, decreased performance, or mortality.

  • As such, managing salmonella in equine populations is important for maintaining animal health and ensuring the economic viability of horse-related establishments and events.
  • The study emphasizes the need for due effort to control and prevent the spread of this infectious disease within animal populations and facilities.

Application of Research

The findings of this research aim to influence the development of guidelines and practices in veterinary hospitals, racetracks, equestrian events, and boarding and training facilities.

  • The insights can be useful for facility managers, veterinarians, and anyone involved in equine care and management, by ensuring that efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious pathogens are optimized.
  • Moreover, the research underlines the recognition and application of a standard of practice for infection control, which can contribute to improving overall equine health across different facilities and gatherings.

Cite This Article

Burgess BA, Morley PS. (2014). Managing Salmonella in equine populations. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract, 30(3), 623-640.


ISSN: 1558-4224
NlmUniqueID: 8511904
Country: United States
Language: English
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Pages: 623-640
PII: S0749-0739(14)00063-7

Researcher Affiliations

Burgess, Brandy A
  • Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Tech, 100 Sandy Hall (MC0395), 210 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA.
Morley, Paul S
  • Department of Clinical Sciences, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, 1678 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1678, USA. Electronic address:

MeSH Terms

  • Animals
  • Horse Diseases / microbiology
  • Horse Diseases / prevention & control
  • Horses
  • Infection Control / methods
  • Salmonella / isolation & purification
  • Salmonella Infections, Animal / microbiology
  • Salmonella Infections, Animal / prevention & control


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