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Rotaviruses in foals

Rotaviruses in foals

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What can interfere with getting a quality young stock on the farm? The answer is simple: transmitted infectious (contagious) disease. And despite all the efforts of veterinarians, the use of vaccines and prevention, disease outbreaks are still encountered.

Ротавирусы у жеребят


Unfortunately, the outbreak of contagious diseases occur as a result of a violation of the schemes of vaccination of a livestock of horses, as well as the rules of their content.

Infectious diseases of foals, manifested in the defeat of the gastrointestinal tract

We shall consider only the foals at an early age. Foals with rotavirus (equine rotavirus) group A — is a common cause of diarrhea.

Rotavirus — contagious (contagious) disease with a short incubation period characterized by the oppression of the whole body, the refusal of poop, liquid feces greenish hue, and, consequently, dehydration.

Rotavirus is usually seen in foals short-term, especially if it has not been complicated by secondary bacterial infection. A chronic form of rotavirus is found in infected foals under 8 months.

The diagnosis of “Rotavirus” is on the basis of epidemiological data and history. Also performed an antigenic study of feces for the presence of virus that provides quick confirmation of the disease.

Treatment of rotavirus boils down to:

  • the replenishment of body fluids caused by dehydration;
  • the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent secondary diseases.



To prevent the foals are usually just enough to get a drink of colostrum. You can also use inactivated vaccine against rotavirus, but not for foals and for pregnant mares is considered. Such vaccination against rotavirus is carried out with triple repetition in the last trimester of pregnancy the uterus. Also a high percentage of morbidity in the sector will need an annual booster vaccination of pregnant mares is considered.

Avoid the symptoms of rotavirus can be due to the following measures:

  • smoothly change the diet of horses;
  • keep animals away from each other, give them more space in the stall;
  • frequently remove manure;
  • correctly use antibiotics.



These simple rules will help to protect the young horses and other animals on the farms from rotavirus disease and its consequences.

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