Salmonella infection closes Equine Clinic

Friday, October 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:02 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

After diagnosing five horses with salmonella poisoning in the past four months, veterinarians at MU closed their Equine Clinic as a precaution in order to decontaminate the facility, officials said.

In a release, the MU News Bureau said that veterinarians will disinfect the entire hospital, located in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on East Campus Drive, and will monitor the building for salmonella before reopening.

Salmonella is a group of bacteria that lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. The bacteria are spread through contact with feces or contaminated food.

Officials estimate the facility will be closed for about two weeks.

MU will offer house calls to its patients using the equine ambulatory program and refer emergency cases to alternative hospitalization sites.

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