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First Posted: Apr 28, 2011
Apr 28, 2011

Pythiosis (Equine)

Image: Pythium insidiosum, horse

Image: Kunkers (Fungal Infections: Kunkers or masses of necrotic coral-like debris, seen in inflammation due to Pythium insidiosum.

"If your horse doesn't live in a tropical or subtropical region, you've most likely never had to worry about equine pythiosis, a relatively rare and sometimes fatal skin infection that causes tumorlike masses and ulcerated lesions in horses. But researchers have noted recently that the disease is now also affecting horses in cooler, drier climates--indicating that it's becoming more widespread and is an affliction more horse owners need to be aware of.

According to Leonel Mendoza, MSc, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology at Michigan State University, who recently completed a review on the disease, equine pythiosis is a rare infection caused by a funguslike microorganism called Pythium insidiosum. The infection, typically found in tropical and subtropical climates, has recently been diagnosed farther north than usual, appearing in drier states such as Arizona, California, and Washington state. The reason for the geographic spread of the disease remains unknown..."

To read the rest of the article follow this link: Equine Pythiosis: Unsightly, Deadly, and Spreading

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