Failure of Passive Transfer in Horses

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Infectious disease is a major cause of death in neonatal foals. The foal is born immunocompetent, meaning it probably is able to initiate an immune response to organisms to which it is exposed. However, a newborn foal lacks protective immunoglobulins at birth, and that lack of protection can allow organisms to overwhelm the foal before it can mount a suitable defense. The mos

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