CEM Test, Treatment Protocol Videos Available

With more than 350 horses involved in the investigation into contagious equine metritis (CEM), veterinarians in 38 states are being asked to swab and treat horses for a disease this country hasn't seen in decades, and then only on a limited basis in Kentucky.

CEM is caused by Taylorella equigenitalis, a Gram-negative bacterium, which is found on the genitalia of mares and stallions, as are many other species of bacteria (and some fungi). Those testing an animal for CEM must follow strict guidelines in order to ensure the swab can be used to diagnose CEM in the laboratory.

Mare CEM video

Watch the CEM testing and treatment protocol for mares and stallions.

Because this disease has only been seen on a limited basis in this country by very few veterinarians outside Central Kentucky—especially in the last outbreak, which occurred nearly 30 years ago--TheHorse.com teamed up with Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, and volunteers Tom Riddle, DVM, and Pete Sheerin, DVM, Dipl. ACT, at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., to produce demonstration videos.

View the protocol for mares and stallions.

"While TheHorse.com has been supplementing its online educational offerings with videos for more than a year, this is the first opportunity we've had to work directly with investigators to produce a program to aid in an ongoing disease control effort," said Publisher/Editor Kimberly S. Brown. "We were contacted by state and university officials--as well as veterinarians outside of Kentucky--and asked for assistance. We hope veterinarians will find this resource useful, and that horse owners will take the opportunity to learn more about the efforts involved in keeping America's equine industry safe and healthy."

An additional video interview with Peter Timoney, FRCVS, PhD, former head of the Gluck Equine Research Center in Kentucky, covering the basics of the CEM is also available.

Read ongoing coverage of the CEM investigation.

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