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post #1 of 9 Old 05-17-2008, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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coggins and a question

just thought I'd share the happy news
Sonny tested negative yay!

Not like I believed he had it anyways, but still it's good to know he's healthy

Let's say for example, Sonny tested positive...what would have to be done? Just curious if the horse would have to be put down or what....there's no way to treat it from what I recall....but I could be wrong
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-17-2008, 06:11 PM
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You are correct, there is no treatment. You can quarantine them for life...but most people eventually choose euthanasia.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-17-2008, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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doesn't it kill the horse after a while?
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 06:43 AM
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Not all...some Coggins horse are asymptomatic.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 09:30 AM
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With a positive test generally (every state is a bit different) it is required that your horse and all horses kept at the same location are quarantined and tested. Any horses with a positive test are then retested in a few weeks to ensure that it is a true infection.

With 2 positive tests they are then quarantined at least 200 ft (again generally) from other horses or possibly allowed to be kept in a stall with screening to prevent insects from getting in or out. Quarantine is for life. Otherwise euthanasia is required.

Some horses can be assymptomatic for months or years, but they still serve as a reservoir for infection of other horses. You can also have chronic, mild symptoms of illness or acute onset deadly illness.

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 07:50 PM
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Thanks for the link Ryle. I know we get them tested every year. We cross state lines a lot so have to carry the paperwork. I knew it was some sort of nasty virus but after reading that, I know its a really nasty virus. I think some states, like Kentucky, require testing every 6 months for transporting horses.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-18-2008, 10:01 PM
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I;m glad his coggins came back positive! but yea Idk what people do when horses test come back postive

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-19-2008, 05:26 AM
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It sounds bad. We dont have that problem over here
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-19-2008, 11:02 AM
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Great post!
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