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How equine botulism differs from similar ailments

Equine botulism is a progressive neuromuscular disease that quickly leads to paralysis. It typically causes death via respiratory failure when not treated soon after the onset of clinical signs. The disease happens due to a toxin produced by the spore-forming bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The most common type of toxin produced is type B, which accounts […]

Equine botulism leads to two deaths in Nova Scotia

Equine botulism is the cause behind two deaths at an animal rescue in Nova Scotia, Canada this month, with a third horse having been diagnosed, reports CBC.

Like many cases of equine botulism, the horses affected most likely became ill after eating hay that had been contaminated with the toxin-producing bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria […]

Risk-Based Vaccine: Botulism — American Association of Equine Practitioners

Clostridium botulinum is the most potent biological toxin known. The American Association of Equine Practitioners created this helpful resource on Clostridium botulinum Type B, which causes equine botulism, and the vaccine against it.

Neogen offers the vaccine BotVax B, which inoculates against botulism in three doses, each one month apart. BotVax B is the only […]

‘Devastated’ owners say deaths could have been prevented

Talk radio plays in the background of a barn, a rooster crows and ducks quack. But the sound of Newfoundland ponies clomping across the floor is gone.

In Winterton, Canada two owners are mourning the sudden loss of their two ponies, which are believed to have died from botulism, a highly fatal, neurologic disease often […]

Meet the villain: Clostridium botulinum

Every story has an antagonist, and the story of equine botulism is no different.

In this case, the villain is a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which produces the neurotoxin that causes equine botulism.

These Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria are anaerobic, which means they flourish in conditions with low oxygen, such as decaying forage. They most often are […]