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Warning to Horse Owners Over Atypical Myopathy

02 April 2015

UK - National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) members have joined forces to remind owners to stay vigilant against atypical myopathy in the mild weather conditions this spring.

The Universite de Liege has recorded 97 known cases of the highly fatal muscle disease in the UK and there are ongoing concerns from horse owners.

Atypical myopathy is caused by the ingestion of the toxin hypoglycin-A, commonly found in the seeds of sycamore trees, leading to the destruction of muscle tissue including the heart.

It is thought that bacterial or fungal toxins prevalent in mild climates, most commonly during autumn and spring in the UK, are additional attributing factors for the disease.

Although rare, recent reports have indicated that most cases result in a fatality within 72 hours of symptoms being observed.

Being aware of clinical signs and their sudden onset could help early veterinary diagnosis and treatment and save horses' lives.

NEWC members have created a new poster to make sure owners know the signs of the highly fatal muscle disease and act early.

Further Reading

You can view the poster by clicking here, and more information on the disease is available here.

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