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2015-02-26

Requirements waived for Piroplasmosis test

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The executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has temporarily waived the requirement for thoroughbred horses to be tested for Piroplasmosis before entering a sanctioned racetrack facility in Texas as of Jan. 28.
A Piroplasmosis (Piro) test remains a requirement for Quarter Horses at sanctioned racetrack facilities and all horses at unsanctioned racetracks.
Equine Piroplasmosis is a tick-borne protozoal infection of horses. At least one species of tick, Amblyomma cajennense, has proven capable of transmitting the blood parasite. This is spread between horses by unsafe animal husbandry practices such as sharing needles or equipment that is contaminated with blood.
While Piroplasmosis can be a fatal disease, many horses may display vague signs of illness, such as fever, loss of appetite or jaundice. Several states have imposed interstate movement restrictions on horses from Texas.
For more information regarding the temporary waiver visit contact the local TAHC region, call 1-800-550-8242 or visit www.tahc.texas.gov
To learn more about Piroplasmosis, visit the TAHC's brochure at http://www.tahc.texas.gov/news/brochures/TAHCBrochure_Piroplasmosis.pdf.