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Suspected bacterial meningoencephalitis in two adult horses
  1. S. A. Newton, BVSc, CertEM (IntMed), MRCVS1
  1. 1 Division of Equine Studies, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, South Wirral L64 7TE


Bacterial infections (such as meningitis or meningoencephalitis) of the central nervous system are rare in horses. They are most prevalent in neonates as a result of septicaemia. A few cases have been reported in the adult and most have been fatal. Streptococcal species appear to be the organism most commonly identified in these cases. Thus, this disease may be a secondary complication of upper respiratory tract infections. Clinical signs are extremely variable making diagnosis difficult. In most cases, postmortem has been the definite diagnostic procedure. This paper describes the clinical course of disease, diagnosis and successful treatment of two presumptive cases of meningoencephalitis in adult horses.

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