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Rotavirus

What is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is an organism that is a major infectious source of equine diarrhoea, causing about 1 in 4 cases of diarrhoea in foals.1

When rotavirus enters the digestive system, the organism replicates and damages the lining of the intestines.2

It most commonly affects foals under the age of 6 months, especially if their mother has not been vaccinated against rotavirus.2

 

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References:

 

  1. Australian Government Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Rotavirus and equine diarrhoea. Equine Research News, July 2013.
  2. Netvet.co.uk. Equine rotavirus in horses. Available online: www.netvet.co.uk. Accessed 27/8/13.