Encephalomyelitis – no known treatment

I am trying to get some information on encephalomyletis. If it is infectious, how it is caused, and what the common treatment is?I am trying to get some information on encephalomyletis. If it is infectious, how it is caused, and what the common treatment is?

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Hello,
I am trying to get some information on encephalomyletis. If it is infectious, how it is caused, and what the common treatment is? And I need to know the common treatment for edema. One more question I have is … What causes a swollen knee and how do you treat it? Thank you so much for your time.

Sincerely,
Ashley Fisher

Ashley,

Yes, encephalomyelitis is an infectious disease of horses that is caused by a virus. It is transmitted by biting insects and there is no treatment.

I can’t tell you a common treatment for edema without knowing where the edema is and what is the cause.

If your horse has a swollen knee I need to know the duration, if there is any associated lameness, is the swelling hard, soft or fluctuate, what diagnostic steps, if any, have been done.

Send me some more information.
Thanks,
Dr. Lowder