KBF99 products will assist in the prevention of infection and reinfection of various troublesome and painful diseases. KBF99 is at least 99% effective against Strangles, Ring Worm, E.Coli and Mycotoxin.
[box color=”blue”] Strangles[/box]
Strangles is a particularly nasty, highly contagious disease that is caused by a Streptococcal bacterium. It localises in the tonsils and lymph nodes of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include: high fever, poor appetite, thick yellow nasal discharge and enlarged lymph nodes between the jaw bone which can abscessate. It is not a disease that any horse lover would want to see their horse go through. The bacteria can be transmitted via direct contact with infected animals, or via contaminated equipment including; yard utensils, buckets, grooming equipment etc. If just one horse in a yard contracts Strangles, this will prevent any horses being able to leave or come on to the premises for several weeks. It is also occasionally fatal.
[box color=”blue”] Ringworm [/box]
Another highly contagious and troublesome disease for horses. This unsightly skin infection is caused by a ‘skin loving’ fungus, Trichophyton equinum. The skin lesions usually start off as small patches of erect hairs and are often over looked, however they will quickly grow and become more wide spread. Horses will develop scaly, hairless patches of skin which can become itchy and sore if left untreated. This highly infectious condition will easily spread to other horses, pets and even humans if left untreated. Spores from the fungus can live on brushes and other grooming utensils for many months and this allows easy transfer between horses.
[box color=”blue”] E.Coli [/box]
E.Coli is a Gram-negative, rod shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of almost all mammals. There are many strains, most of which are harmless. However there are some stereotypes which can be very pathogenic and can be passed from horse to human causing serious stomach upset. E Coli can be contracted by eating foods contaminated with faecal material such as uncooked or unpasteurized animal products. It can also live in soil, contaminated water and be passed on via direct contact.
[box color=”blue”] Fusarium [/box]
A common fungus found in mouldy feedstuffs, it releases mycotoxins which are harmful to horses. The toxins released can be inhaled or ingested and, depending on the route of entry, can cause a variety of symptoms including neurological disease, with symptoms including; weakness, ataxia, inability to eat, recumbency and death or other manifestations including gastrointestinal upset and colic-like symptoms or even respiratory disease.
[box color=”blue”]KBF99 Effectiveness Against Equine Viruses[/box]
“Under laboratory conditions KBF99 technology was found to kill Herpes viruses (that affects humans) and is from the same family as Equine Herpes Virus (EHV). The structure of EHV cells is described as envelope, meaning that the contents of the cells are encased in a skin or envelope. The KBF99 technology utilizes molecular strands (forming spikes or swords) to stab such cells and break open the envelope and so kill the cell. Therefore we are confident that KBF99 will kill the Equine Herpes virus on contact. Equine Influenza virus cells are also envelope structures. We emphasize this because not all virus cells are envelope structures, others could be described as similar to jelly, which would not be damaged by an intrusive stabbing activity. We would always emphasis that although KBF99 products may kill envelope virus structures under laboratory conditions the effectiveness in a ‘field’ situation will be different. KBF99 should always only be seen as an aid to help prevent the spread of infection, as opposed to any form of a guarantee or any form of a cure. Vale Brothers are unable to make any specific claims with regard to KBF99’s effect on virus cells however we feel it useful to make a statement summarizing where our assumptions from other research and cell structures are taking us.
Vale Brothers and Coventry University are in the process of costing laboratory tests against specific equine viruses to assess the commercial viability to conducting such research.”
Peter Wilkes. Vale Brothers Ltd, Walsall, UKPlease note – The above information should be treated as a guide only and is not intended to replace professional advice.