Botulism suspected in deaths of four horses

Early last month, four horses became sick and died in Kittitas Valley, a scenic region of the U.S. state of Washington. Equine botulism is the suspect in all four deaths.

The horses, which came from the same farm, began experiencing symptoms — including weakness, difficulty swallowing and tongue paralysis — around the same time. Two […]

Against all odds, roping horse survives botulism, resumes competing

John the horse, courtesy of UC Davis

Equine botulism isn’t commonly associated with happily-ever-afters. That said, one roping horse slated to appear in the World Series of Team Roping before he contracted botulism has made a comeback thanks to treatment from the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital.

John is an 11-year-old American Quarter […]

Threat of equine botulism realized after sudden death of ponies

In Winterton, Canada, two owners are mourning the sudden loss of their Newfoundland ponies after it’s believed they ate grass contaminated with botulism toxins.

Equine botulism, a rare but fatal neurologic disease, can occur suddenly in horses after they ingest toxins produced by a type of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria can be […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

The Modern Farmer Guide to Grocery Store Eggs – Modern Farmer Cage-free. All natural. No antibiotics. What’s the difference? Egg cartons today boast a myriad of attention-grabbing yet ill-defined phrases. […]

Neogen reps to appear on Horse Talk LIVE to raise awareness about disease

Neogen’s Laura Hadley and Greg Hastings will join Rood and Riddle Equine Veterinary Hospital’s Dr. Bonnie Barr and horse owner Jeremy Whited on Rural TV’s Horse Talk LIVE to discuss equine botulism and dispel myths surrounding the risk of botulism. The program will air at 3 p.m. Eastern time today and again at 9 p.m. […]

Study: New method for clearing toxins from body is effective

E. coli

Researchers at Tufts University have found a new way to clear toxins from the human body, according to a study published in PLoS ONE.

The toxins often are produced by foodborne bacteria such as E.coli, certain strains of which produce Shiga toxin, and environmental bacteria, such as Clostridium botulinum, both of which […]