This equine neurologic disease is caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals, usually transmitted through a bite of a rabies-infected animal. Once inside the horse, the virus travels up the nervous system to the brain, where the disease progresses rapidly and is always fatal.
TRANSMISSION: A bite of a rabid animal, such as a skunk, raccoon, fox or bat. A bite most often occurs on the horse’s lower limbs, face or muzzle. Transmission can also occur if an open cut or mucous membrane, such as the gums of the mouth, are exposed to saliva from infected animals.
CLINICAL SIGNS: Colic, choke, depression, lameness, head pressing, circling, difficulty urinating, tremors, loss of appetite, incoordination, ataxia, death
Potential for transmission from horses to humans.
PREVENTION: Initial vaccination series with CORE EQ INNOVATORTM followed by annual spring revaccination