Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis epm is a master of disguise this serious disease can be difficult to diagnose because its signs often mimic other health problems in the horse and signs can range from mild to severe more than 50 percent of all horses in the united states may have been exposed to the organism that causes epm. Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis epm is a devastating disease that can leave horses severely disabled and may result in death diagnosis is often difficult because the onset is very similar to other diseases especially chagas chagas and epm are caused by different protozoa and require different treatment. A decade or two ago horse owners heard a lot about equine protozoal myeloencephalitis also known as epm or that opossum disease first identified in the united states in 1964 epm wasnt widely known until several years had passed and the disease became the subject of articles in scientific journals and the popular equine press. If epm disease is diagnosed and treated early the statistics rise to 80 responding well to treatment with many recovering fully you the owner can make the difference in where your horse falls in the statistics by learning prevention and to identify symptoms. Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis epm is a disease of horses that affects the central nervous system equine obviously refers to the horse protozoal refers to the type of organism that causes the disease and myeloencephalitis refers to that portion of the animal which is damaged
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