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Proliferative enteropathy

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Proliferative enteropathy

Proliferative enteropathy is a bacterial infection in young horses caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. This condition can cause a range of clinical signs including ill thrift, lethargy, rough coat appearance, fever, weight loss, colic, diarrhoea and a common feature is swelling with fluid (oedema) of the lower limbs and beneath the abdomen.

Image: Transmission of disease is thought to occur through the ingestion of infected fecal material from wild or domestic animals

What is Lawsonia intracellularis?

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Where does the bacteria come from?

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Which horses are most at risk?

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What are the signs of Lawsonia intracellularis infection?

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How is infection diagnosed?

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Can it be treated?

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