The Animal Health Trust is launching a ground-breaking nationwide trial of a vaccine for the prevention of Equine Grass Sickness (EGS). Liphook Equine Hospital have contributed towards the preparations for this trial and are very pleased that it has come to fruition. If you are eligible we would urge you to consider participating as it is through such work that we can hopefully move forward together in fighting this horrible disease.
The current theory is that EGS is a toxico-infectious form of botulism caused by Clostridium botulinum type C. This vaccine trial will follow 1100 horses and ponies for two years. Half of the horses and ponies on the trial will be vaccinated with a Clostridium botulinum type C vaccine; the other half of the horses and ponies will receive an inactive placebo injection, and the incidence of EGS will be compared between the two groups.
If your horse/pony:
• Has a valid horse passport
• Lives on a premises that has had at least one case of EGS in the last two years then you may be eligible to participate in the vaccination trial.
We will be performing the vaccinations and examinations (for our clients) so you will see your usual vet(s) if you do enrol. However, all enquiries before and after registration should be directed to the Animal Health Trust who are organising the trial.
Please contact the Animal Health Trust for more information: Tel: 01638 555399 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful to Horse Rangers for allowing us to use the pictures of Aries, an amazing horse who sadly lost his battle with Grass Sickness last year.