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    Default sporotrichosis - anyone treated it?

    My horse has a potential sporotrichosis (fungal) infection. It sounds pretty rare and I'm wondering if anyone's dealt with it and what happened in the end? Awaiting word from vets.
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    Only in a human. Literally a rose gardener (it is known as "rose gardener's disease" as it is often got from thorns) who got it in one of her heart valves, which needed replacing. 25 years later, she's still fit as a fiddle . . . or I should say fit as a cello as she's an accomplished cellist.

    Nothing at all helpful to add, sorry, but that topic doesn't come up too often. Good luck with your horse--care to share any details about how the diagnosis was made?
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    He started showing pustules in December on one leg, and they gradually spread all the way up to his sheath. He now had large swellings along the midline, esp at the chest. He's had 4 different types of antibiotics with little success, vet took 2 bloods and 3 pus samples and finally thinks it's sporotrichosis. I'm taking blood to UC Davis at the weekend to do a corynebacterium titer too, but I gather the petri dish grew Sporothrix schenckii, so there you have it.

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    Sounds yucky. People are given potassium iodide as treatment, along with some of the -ozole family drugs.

    Here's what Purdue Vet School has to say about horses: http://www.vet.purdue.edu/esmc/newsl...rmatology.html



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    xan, that sux. nothing to add but wishing a speedy recovery/curing for said horse!



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    Thanks. I'm really quite right now...

    Vet started horse on a weekly IV of sodium iodide, which he'll be on for a month, min.

    As soon as he's located the cheapest price, horse will also be on daily oral itraconazole (Sporanox) powder which is outrageously expensive.... a quick calc on dose and rates I saw online was $35/day or about $1050/month. For several??? months...

    I want to throw up.
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