A new set of guidelines regarding the prevention, diagnosis and treatement of the neurological disease EPM was recently published. • Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash

AAEP Releases Guidelines for Diagnosing, Treating EPM

Information on how to better identify, treat and diagnose the progressive neurological disease Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) has just been published by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

The disease affects the central nervous systems of horses that reside in or have spent time in North America or South America.

“EPM is widely considered the most important infectious neurologic disease of horses in North America,” author of the guideliness Amy Johnson, DVM, DACVIM, said in a statement. “The variable clinical signs and widespread seroprevalence pose challenges to diagnosis. These guidelines aim to summarize essential information regarding this disease process, as well as highlight the three criteria for highest diagnostic accuracy in potentially affected horses.” 

The EPM Guidelines, available as a PDF file, were reviewed and approved by the AAEP’s Infectious Disease Committee and board of directors. Click here to view the EPM Guidelines or save them to your mobile device for future reference.

Besides EPM, AAEP guidelines for 20 other equine infectious diseases are available on the AAEP website. In addition, two foreign animal disease guidelines—for African horse sickness and Glanders—can be found by clicking here.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse.