CBC News: Yarmouth horse owner spreads word about little-known tick-borne disease

Nov. 5th, 2019

A Yarmouth, N.S., horse owner wants others to know about anaplasma, a tick-borne disease that her horse, Sloane, contracted before Halloween.

“If you see swollen legs on your horse, it means something, do something,” said Sarah LeBlanc, Sloane’s owner.

Anaplasma causes serious fevers, loss of appetite and swollen and painful limbs. If a fever is left untreated, it can lead to other complications like laminitis, which can damage a horse’s hooves. Anaplasma is rarely fatal and usually responds well to treatment.

On Monday, LeBlanc received confirmation that a blood test determined Sloane had anaplasma and Lyme disease.

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2 Comments

  • Karen says:

    Please treat your horse, do not just put it down.
    Karen

  • Jack says:

    I just presented at lyme conference our Irish experience.
    The UCD vets have found Borrelia Babesia anaplasma in the ticks around animals in humans
    25 percent of pts I saw with chronic fatigue were anaplasma and a missed diagnosis
    70 % got better with antibiotics
    We need better insight into animals and humans infected with these crypto infections
    A one health strategy partnering animal and humans vets and doctors
    Professor jack lambert