Disinfecting equine facilities.

R. M. Dwyer

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Disinfection of equine premises provides a challenge to farm managers, in view of the variety of surfaces which may be contaminated and the wide variety of horse pathogens. Of the commonly occurring infectious diseases for which disinfection and disease control are especially important, rotavirus diarrhoea, salmonellosis and strangles are the most difficult to control. Phenolic disinfectants have been scientifically demonstrated to be effective in the presence of organic matter and are also virucidal. When used after thorough cleaning and rinsing of stall surfaces, phenolics have proved effective in controlling outbreaks of disease. In addition, 10% iodophors used for washing hands and cleaning equipment are also virucidal and bactericidal. Quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorhexidine, bleach and pine oil are readily available commercially, but are ineffective disinfectants in the presence of the organic matter encountered on horse farms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-418
Number of pages16
JournalRevue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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