Epidemiology of Rhodococcus equi infections: a review.

  title={Epidemiology of Rhodococcus equi infections: a review.},
  author={Shinji Takai},
  journal={Veterinary microbiology},
  volume={56 3-4},
An overview of epidemiology of R. equi infection in foals is presented, emphasizing the importance of the virulence-associated antigens and plasmids as epidemiological markers. The monoclonal antibody-based colony blot test has been developed to identify rapidly and accurately virulent R. equi. Epidemiological studies conducted during the recent 5 years have revealed that: (1) avirulent R. equi are widespread in the feces of horses and their environment on every farm; (2) the feces of horses… CONTINUE READING