SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SWEET ITCH IN­VES­TI­GATED

EQUUS - - Eq Medical Front -

A long-term study from the Czech Repub­lic con­firms that horses can in­herit a susceptibility to the al­ler­gic skin con­di­tion known as “sweet itch,” which is tech­ni­cally known as in­sect bite hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity (IBH).

A re­ac­tion to the saliva of culi­coides and other bit­ing midges, IBH often causes itch­i­ness so in­tense that horses rub af­fected ar­eas hair­less or raw. It has long been sus­pected that IBH is in­her­ited be­cause the

A A study study of of Old Old Grey Grey Kladru­ber Kadru­ber horses horses sug­gests sug­gests that that the the her­i­tabil­ity her­i­tabil­ity of of in­sect in­sect bite bite hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity( sweet (sweet itch) itch) is is “medium “medium to to high.” high.”

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