Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS)

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Ohio Diagnostic Lab Requests Owners Submit Aborted Fetuses, Deceased Foals

May 16, 2001

As Ohio veterinarians try to understand and determine what might be affecting foals in the Ohio River Valley, the number of foals and fetuses available for testing by the diagnostic lab is no greater than normal. Sheila Grimes, DVM, PhD, Pathology... Read More

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Explanation: Ergotism or Ergot Poisoning

May 16, 2001

At the industry-wide meeting on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Steve Jackson, an equine nutrition consultant and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, and Dr. Jimmy Henning, an extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky's College of... Read More

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Kentucky Veterinarian Seeing Increase in Laminitis Cases

May 16, 2001

Dr. Rhonda Rathgeber, a veterinarian with Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., specializes in performance horse problems. She said in the past 10 days, she has seen "a lot of riding horses lame with an associated colitis... Read More

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Kentucky Legislators Ask USDA for Assistance With Horse Industry 'Disaster'

May 16, 2001

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and two members of the House of Representatives from the Bluegrass State -- Ernie Fletcher of the 6th Congressional district and Ed Whitfield from the 1st district -- have written a letter to Secretary of Agricultur... Read More

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Dr. Byars--Pericarditis Becoming More of a Problem

May 16, 2001

While the numbers are nowhere near those associated with early fetal loss and late gestation pregnancy loss, there is a pattern appearing with horses developing pericarditis (fluid in the sac around the heart), said Dr. Doug Byars, a specialist... Read More

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May 12 Update: Foal Loss Appears to Be Slowing

May 16, 2001

As the breeding season winds to a close, you expect to see fewer foals being born. Therefore, there are fewer chances for the current syndrome to affect late-gestation mares. It also seems, however, that the loss of late-term gestations--and... Read More

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Evidence Presented at Keeneland Suggests All Horses May Be at Risk

May 16, 2001

The foal loss syndromes facing Kentucky's pregnant mares might be just the start of a host of problems that could affect horses of all ages, breeds, sexes, and uses in Kentucky and other states. Whether you have a gelding that is on turn-out, a... Read More

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Kentucky Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update, 5/15

May 15, 2001

As of noon May 15, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received 26 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (18 late-term and eight early-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28, 2001, is... Read More

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Syndrome Problems Continue in Ohio; Spread to West Virginia

May 15, 2001

It might not be possible to gauge the extent of the fetal loss syndrome problem in Ohio since pleasure horse owners might not pay for the cost of testing on dead fetuses and foals presented to the diagnostic lab. However, anecdotal reports support... Read More

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Additional Information on Zearalenone

May 15, 2001

In the industry-wide meeting at Keeneland on Thursday, May 10, zearalenone, a kind of mycotoxin, was put forth as a possible cause of the recent rash of late-term stillbirths, critical foals, and early fetal loss. But while experts seem to be in... Read More

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Kentucky's Fields Of Dreams Now Nightmares

May 11, 2001

The old-timers say Kentucky is horse country because of its soil. What's now growing on that soil could be the cause of a rash of late-term losses in foals, early embryonic death, pericarditis (fluid surrounding the heart), reduced growth rates... Read More

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Glossary Of Terms For Mare Reproductive Loss Syndromes

May 11, 2001

Following is a glossary of terms related to the mare reproductive loss syndromes in horses. This will be a living document--we will add to it as requested or as necessary. If you have any terms you would like to see listed on this document,... Read More

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Florida Officials Tracking Requests for Horse Shipments; Van Companies Busy

May 06, 2001

Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry, reported early Thursday afternoon that in 2 1/2 days they have received applications for 71 permits for horse shipments from Kentucky to... Read More

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Florida Only State Requiring Special Permit for Kentucky Shippers

May 06, 2001

Concerns about reports of late term abortions and early fetal loss in Kentucky mares has caused only Florida to enact special restrictions on horses shipping in from the Blue Grass.

Kentucky state veterinarian Dr. Don Notter said he has... Read More

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Two Illnesses Might Have Cyanide Link

January 01, 2001

Cyanide has been identified as a potential risk or contributing factor in two illnesses that have dominated horse industry headlines this year. Scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky.,... Read More