New Test for Lyme Disease in Horses

Purebred Spanish Horse

2013

Detecting Lyme disease in horses has been difficult since many horses don’t show symptoms until months after being infected.

But in 2012, researchers at Cornell University’s Veterinary School developed a test which can detect antibodies as early as 2-4 weeks after the horse has been infected. The test also indicates the stage of Lyme disease.

Dr. Bettina Wagner, associate professor of immunology at Cornell’s veterinary school headed the research. The Snap4Dx test was used previously, but had some false results, both positive and negative. Dr. Wagner recommends the new Multiplex test as it is called, should be give to confirm results.

With earlier diagnosis, treatment of Lyme disease in horses can be more successful.

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