6 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Horse

There are indeed some diseases that can be transmitted from horses to humans. Diseases that are communicable between animals and humans are called zoonotic. Luckily, most of those we can catch from horses are avoidable with good sanitation and biosecurity, although some can be quite dangerous. ZOONOTIC DISEASES People who work with or spend time around horses should be aware of the zoonotic diseases that exist and be ready to deal with them if necessary. Leptospirosis What is it? A bacterial infection linked to abortion in pregnant mares and the chronic eye condition equine recurrent uveitis (ERU or moon blindness). The spiral-shaped bacteria, Leptospira, are highly capable of movement, allowing them to spread through the bloodstream and affect various organs. Symptoms Mild illness: fever, lethargy, loss of appetite Rarely kidney and/or liver failure Respiratory distress Mid- to late-term abortion Birth of weak foals Eye swelling, light sensitivity, excessive tearing, discharge,…

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