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Lawsonia intracellularis: Proliferative Enteropathy in Weanlings
In the early 2000's we have started to receive reports of a newly identified cause of weight loss with poor coat and pot belly, depression, diarrhea, and colic in young horses, weanlings to yearlings. The cause is a bacteria labeled Lawsonia intracellularis and has been recognized as a cause of diarrhea in pigs and other species since the mid 1990's. Labelled "proliferative enteropathy", it has now been described in horses in Australia, the USA, Canada, European countries and Latin America. It is believed that it may have world wide incidence. This article presents what is known about this disease including how we think foals get it, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis.
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~Last Updated: July 10, 2015;
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