Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome 2002 Update

Report from Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

From December 30, 2001 to May 18, 2002, a total of 759 equine abortions had been submitted to the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) for examination. During this same time period in 2001, a total of 959 equine abortions had been submitted for examination. During this same time period from 1996-2000 an annual mean of 589.2 equine abortions had been submitted for examination. A total of 35 submissions during the week of May 12-18, 2002 indicate laboratory findings consistent with losses associated with MRLS. Total submissions suspected of MRLS thus far in 2002 total 147.

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