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Determining the Role of Pili in Equine Distemper Development

Strangles, also known as equine distemper, is a serious and highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Pili are short appendages at the surface of bacteria that enable them to attach to tissues. This study will investigate the role of pili in the ability of S. equi to colonize horse respiratory tissues. If the hypothesis is correct, it will indicate that vaccination against these pili may offer protection against strangles.

Dr. Helene Marquis, Cornell University