There is always a risk that your horse(s) will become ill due to an infectious disease. Because diseases caused by bacteria and viruses (such as Strangles and Equine Herpesvirus) are prevalent in the horse population, they can have a severe impact on a horse’s health and welfare.
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Horse: Defined as any equid (horses, ponies, donkeys, mules)
Non-Resident horse: A horse on the property for less than 30 days
Infectious disease: Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Infectious diseases can be passed from horse to horse, transmitted by insect, by consuming contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.
Biosecurity: A set of management and physical measures designed to reduce the risk of introduction, establishment and spread of animal diseases, infections or infestations to, from and within an animal population.
Isolation or Isolate: Horses separated from other horses with no opportunity for direct contact.
Disease outbreak: A disease outbreak is the occurrence of disease cases in excess of what is normally expected.