Disease Du Jour: Equine Arboviruses

In Episode 65 of the Disease Du Jour podcast, we learn more about equine arboviruses from Dr. Deb Sellon.

Mosquito-borne arboviruses discussed in this podcast include WNV, EEE, WEE and VEE. Bugwood.org

In Episode 65 of the Disease Du Jour podcast, we spoke with Dr. Deb Sellon about equine arboviruses, specifically mosquito-borne encephalitidies.

Sellon, a professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, received her DVM from Louisiana State University and is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her PhD in virology from North Carolina State University. 

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EquiManagement’s Disease Du Jour podcast is focused on equine research and current best practices. Disease Du Jour is brought to you in 2021 by Merck Animal Health.

One part of the discussion that might help you with your discussions with horse owners the difference in contagious and communicable. “All contagious diseases are communicable, but not all communicable disease are contagious,” Sellon explained. She also covered the term zoonotic with examples. 

The focus diseases of this podcast are Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), Western equine encephalitis (WEE), Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). Sellon gives a historic prospective on each of these diseases, talks about whether they are zoonotic (or have reverse zoonosis and can be transmitted from humans to horses), morbidity and mortality, “submergence” of diseases and avirulent states, and vaccination tips.

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EquiManagement’s Disease Du Jour podcast is
focused on equine research and current best
practices. Disease Du Jour is brought to you
in 2021 by Merck Animal Health.

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