Staggers in horses grazing paspalum infected with Claviceps paspali

Cawdell-Smith, AJ, Scrivener, CJ and Bryden, WL (2010) Staggers in horses grazing paspalum infected with Claviceps paspali. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88 10: 393-395. doi:10.1111/j.1751-0813.2010.00624.x

Author Cawdell-Smith, AJ
Scrivener, CJ
Bryden, WL
Title Staggers in horses grazing paspalum infected with Claviceps paspali
Formatted title
Staggers in horses grazing paspalum infected with Claviceps paspali
Journal name Australian Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0423
Publication date 2010-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2010.00624.x
Volume 88
Issue 10
Start page 393
End page 395
Total pages 3
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Invasion of the flowering heads of grasses by Claviceps spp. can produce sclerotia (ergots) containing several toxins. Ingestion of these toxins, through the consumption of paspalum (Paspalum dilatatum), can induce a range of clinical symptoms, including staggers. Cattle are the most commonly affected species, but although sheep and horses have been reported affected there are no published descriptions of paspalum staggers in horses. We describe two occurrences of paspalum staggers, the first in three Australian Stockhorse foals and the second in mature Standardbred horses. All three foals presented with ataxia in all limbs after consuming infected paspalum. One foal died from misadventure and the other two recovered within 1 week of removal from the infected paddock. In the second case, two of eight mares and geldings grazing in an irrigation channel developed hindquarter paresis. After removal of all horses from the area, one of the affected horses continued to deteriorate. Both horses were treated with antibiotics. The more severely affected horse was also treated with fluids and electrolytes, but had to be euthanased. The second affected horse recovered after 2 days. Paspalum pastures should inspected for Claviceps paspali infection before the introduction of horses. © 2010 The Authors. Australian Veterinary Journal © 2010 Australian Veterinary Association.
Keyword Ergot
Poisonous plants
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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