In my last blog post, I discussed Oklahoma’s laws designed to eradicate Equine Infectious Anemia. Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties. Today, I am sharing a newly published report commissioned by the USDA which shares equine health metrics within the United States.
In December 2016, the USDA’s non-regulatory division – National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) – published its 1st report from a 2015 Equine study. The stated goal of the report is to meet the Nation’s animal (presumably equines specifically) health information needs.
This 2015 study is the 3rd study conducted on the equine population, and according the report, “Equine 2015 updates baseline health and management information and provides detailed information on vaccine use, parasite control, tick control, tick borne diseases, prevalence of owner-reported lameness, management of lameness, and the cost of animal health care. The study also examined the prevalence of Salmonella shedding, tick infestation, and identication of ticks on equids.”
Understanding the epidemiology of disease within the equine population can assist equine health practitioners, owners, and other professionals ensure the highest quality health among the equine population.
A copy of the full report is available to download from the USDA website. Follow the embedded link to obtain your copy.