NEW YORK- A new equine influenza vaccine has updated the equine influenza isolate in the United States.
NEW YORK— A new equine influenza vaccine has updated the equine influenza isolate in the United States. Pfizer Animal Health, FlumuneÂ® A2KY98 combines a high antigen mass with an established antigen purification system to safely produce significant immune responses in horses.
Equine influenza is the most common virus that affects horses throughout the world. The virus' transmission period is one to three days and animals can shed the virus for four to eight days after infection.
"Recent evidence suggests that once aerosolized, it is possible for influenza to travel up to one quarter of a mile to infect other horses," says Robert Holland, DVM.
Blinded control studies have shown that this vaccine produces high levels of immunity and eliminates fever and viral shedding in most horses vaccinated, Holland adds.
Flu may progress into life-threatening pleural pneumonia and possibly death after the initial signs of nasal discharge, coughing, anorexia and lethargy.
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