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Last Modified: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:24:27 GMT
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Species affected
Glanders is a serious zoonotic bacterial disease that primarily affects horses, mules and donkeys. Although cases in humans are uncommon, they can be very painful and potentially life threatening. Without antibiotic treatment, the case fatality rate may be as high as 95%. Glanders results from infection by Burkholderia mallei, a Gram negative rod in the family Burkholderiaceae. This organism was formerly known as Pseudomonas mallei. In equidae the disease causes nodules and ulcerations in the upper respiratory tract and lungs. A skin form also occurs, known as `farcy¿.
Status in Ireland
Disease absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible
NDCC & Border Inspection Posts
Sally Gaynor SSVI
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