sunnybrook.ca // Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can be particularly hard on preemies and babies with weakened immune systems. The RSV nurse in Sunnybrook’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offers tips on how to protect your baby.
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For those in Eastern Australia who would like to know how they can tell if their horse has equine influenza – here is a video from the Qld DPI website. The main clinical signs of equine influenza are usually a sudden increase in temperature (to between 39°c and 41°c); a deep, dry, hacking cough; and a watery nasal discharge, which may later become thick and smelly. Other signs can include depression, loss of appetite, laboured breathing, and muscle pain and stiffness. Few adult horses die of the disease but it can kill young foals. Recovery usually occurs after a couple of weeks but horses need to be rested for a further period to avoid complications. If you suspect your horse has equine influenza, you should isolate the horse from other horses in your stable, at least 50m apart, and immediately contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23. (Video courtesy Qld Dept of Primary Industries)