MRLS Cases Confirmed in New Jersey

A horse farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in pastures where there was an abundance of Eastern tent caterpillars.

Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington for testing.

Findings were consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), according to Jeff Beach, a public information officer with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

Kentucky has reported only one confirmed case of MRLS this year, and Florida reported three confirmed cases and two suspect cases.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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