||Texas Racing Commission Alert: Critical
Tick Disease Control Effort - Equine Piroplasmosis
to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), a tick-borne disease, known
as Equine Piroplasmosis, has been confirmed on a ranch in Kleberg County
in south Texas. All of the horses involved are working/cutting horses.
The ranch is quarantined and a thorough invesigation is underway. TAHC
is working with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and
Plant Inspection Services. to address the issue.
Equine Piroplasmosis can affect horses, donkeys, mules or zebras, and
may cause clinical signs common to many diseases, including poor appetite
and weight loss. It is incurable and requires quarantine.
At the present, TAHC does not believe race horses are at a high risk.
However, because of the seriousness of the disease, the Racing Commission,
the racetracks, and the Texas Horsemen's Partnership are working together,
collecting information and assessing the best courses of action for the
near and long term. Horsemen may consult their veterinarian for more information
and specific recommendations.
Although the TAHC has only quarantined the ranch at this time, other
states and countries are reacting to this very serious situation. Several
states have imposed a variety of restrictions on horses leaving Texas,
not just Kleberg County and/or the adjacent counties, Brooks, Jim Wells,
Kenedy, and Nueces. Some states are requiring horses leaving Texas to
have an original copy of a negative Piroplasmosis cELISA test that has
been performed with the last fourteen (14) days along with a Certificate
of Veterinary Inspection. If planning to ship out of Texas, you should
contact the destination state to ensure your animals meet the current
Horsemen should monitor both the Texas
Animal Health Commission website and the Texas
Racing Commission (TxRC) website to obtain up-to-date information.
As the racetracks' policies may change, you should also carefully check
the overnight and the horsemen's information section of each racetrack