International Travel Of Equines May Spread Parasitic Disease Dourine – Horse Racing News

Dourine is a parasitic venereal disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma equiperdum. Also dubbed “covering disease,” it has been described as a neglected-horse disease in the past, but scientists believe that the condition warrants greater attention, including better diagnostics to discover it and better drugs to treat it, mostly because of the increasing international movement of horses.

Dourine, along with surra and nagana, are transmitted by specific flies or sexually. These diseases have caused economic losses in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, and there is no vaccine available. Chemotherapy is able to remove the parasites from the blood, but many of the organisms live outside the…