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Aust Vet J. 2013 Jul;91(7):274-80. doi: 10.1111/avj.12072.

Equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis in three horses in Australia.

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Townsville Vet Clinic, 32-34 Anne St, Aitkenvale, Queensland 4814, Australia. caroline@townsvillevetclinic.com.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis (EMPF) is a recently described form of interstitial pneumonia associated with the presence of equine herpesvirus type 5 (EHV-5). Since 2007, several case reports from America, Europe and the United Kingdom have further characterised the clinical presentation and laboratory findings of this disease.

CASE REPORTS:

Three Thoroughbred broodmares were diagnosed with EMPF. Diagnosis was based on lung histopathology and positive identification of EHV-5 using PCR DNA amplification. There was multiple organ involvement in all three cases, including identification of EHV-5 in hepatic tissue in one case. Two of the three horses died. Treatment with acyclovir was unsuccessful in one horse and one horse survived without antiviral or corticosteroid treatment.

CONCLUSION:

This case series is, to the authors' knowledge, the first report of EMPF in Australia and adds to the clinical description of the disease.

PMID:
23782020
DOI:
10.1111/avj.12072
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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