Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Researchers Shift Attention to Eastern Tent Caterpillar

May 24, 2001

Discussions of results obtained to date by several scientists and consultants working on the investigation into the cause of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) have caused the investigation to shift to a more thorough examination of the... Read More

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Senators Will Seek Legislation to Provide Low-Interest Loans For Horse Farmers

May 24, 2001

Kentucky lawmakers will ask their colleagues to help horse farmers in the wake of a mysterious illness that has killed foals and caused fetuses to abort, according to an Associated Press report. 

The U.S. Department of... Read More

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Foal Loss Syndrome Update: Count Exceeds 500

May 24, 2001

The third week of May in Central Kentucky was marked by cautious optimism, with the slowing of early fetal and late-term gestation loss, growing frustration among industry professionals, and much-needed rain.

While there are unofficial... Read More

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Southern States' Triple Crown Feeds Contain Mycotoxin Binders

May 24, 2001

Southern States has included the patented mycotoxin binder MTB100 in its line of Triple Crown horse feeds since February of 2000, according to Bill Vandergrift, PhD, owner of Equivision nutrition company and a consulting nutritionist... Read More

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Ohio Needs Samples; Cost for Testing Reduced

May 24, 2001

Veterinarians in Ohio are continuing to try to make sense of why an increased number of abortions, stillbirths, and red bag deliveries are occurring in the Ohio River Valley. Ohio counties that are seeing problems similar to the Kentucky syndromes... Read More

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Where to Find the Mycotoxin Binder

May 24, 2001

Lexington, Ky., feed companies are busy filling orders for bags and buckets of mycotoxin binder from horse owners in 15 states throughout the East Coast.

Feeding the binder, which is an additive derived from yeast, has been recommended by... Read More

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European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Suggests Holding US Horses; No Ban

May 24, 2001

Charles Frank, the veterinary advisor to the United Kingdom Thoroughbred Breeders Association, said that in a meeting earlier this week of the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders that a statement was made to advise members not to re-import... Read More

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Florida Tracking Kentucky Hay

May 24, 2001

On Wednesday, May 16, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture was assured by the Florida State Veterinarian that there was no ban on the entry of Kentucky-grown hay into the state of Florida. Today, May 18, Allen Johnson, Administrative Branch... Read More

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More of the Same, With Something New

May 24, 2001

Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, Ky., said his clinic alone has seen about 40 cases of pericarditis (fluid in the sac around the heart) in the past two weeks.

A week ago, Byars reported a... Read More

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UK College of Agriculture Briefing 5/20

May 20, 2001

The scientific investigation into Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome continued through the weekend as all teams work in their specific areas of expertise. The investigative analysis team, headed by Dr. Thomas Tobin, is requesting samples of mare... Read More

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University of Kentucky Briefing 5/19; Info Line Created

May 19, 2001

The UK College of Agriculture has been posting informational briefs on the university web site at http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/VetScience/gluck1.htm . Following is today's... Read More

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UK College of Agriculture: Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Briefing 5/19/01

May 19, 2001

May 19-As of noon, a total of 11 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (9 late-term and 2 early-term) have been submitted for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total as of this count since April 28, 2001 is... Read More

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The Blood-Horse Supports Research On Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

May 18, 2001

In an effort to show support for industry horse owners and breeders, The Blood-Horse, Inc., publishers in the equine industry since 1916, announced yesterday it will contribute a portion of its advertising revenues for the remainder of 2001 to... Read More

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Eye Problems In Horses; Link To Foal Loss Unknown

May 18, 2001

Dr. Claire Latimer is a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology, the study of animal eyes. Since May 1, she has seen a surprising increase of eye problems in horses in Central Kentucky that fall into two distinct groups. She said the first syndrome... Read More

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Forage Testing Points to Molds and Mycotoxins

May 18, 2001

There is increasing evidence indicating that molds and mycotoxins are involved in the syndromes in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia this spring. There have been some positive screens for the mycotoxin zearalenone in pasture and... Read More

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An Eye on the Weather

May 18, 2001

Tom Priddy, a meteorologist at the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, put together data on the weather this spring that is thought to have caused the current equine problems associated with pasture.

Charts and audio clips... Read More

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Federal Government Lends Research Assistance on Foal Loss Syndrome

May 18, 2001

The good news is that the federal government doesn't have to be in Kentucky or any other state because of the current spring syndromes taking place in the horse populations. They would be required to investigate if there was any indication that... Read More

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Dr. Tom Riddle: One Practitioner's Experience With Foal Loss Problem

May 18, 2001

I have been asked to speak about my experience with the recent early fetal loss syndrome in Central Kentucky. I saw my first two cases on April 26 when I was asked to fetal sex six mares on a farm in Jessamine County. Fetal sexing... Read More

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Pericarditis Causing Problems With Foals, Other Horses

May 18, 2001

Fluid is drained from the pericardial membrane surrounding the heart of a horse with Pericarditis.
Photo:
Stephanie... Read More

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Preliminary Test Results Suggest Possible Causes, Preventative Measures

May 18, 2001

After testing numerous pasture samples for mycotoxins, endophytes, and other possible causes to the problems in Kentucky, tests have shown higher than expected levels of a mycotoxin called zearalenone, according to Dr. Steve Jackson, a consultan... Read More

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Foal Losses 'Devastating' to Family-Run Jonabell Farm

May 18, 2001

John A. Bell III reached into his pocket and pulled out two sheets of paper with the cold, hard facts. "Well, here's the bad news," he said. Bad news, indeed, for the family-owned and operated Jonabell Farm that Bell founded in 1956. Of 76 mares... Read More

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Breeding Sheds All Set to Rally

May 18, 2001

So far it looks as if many Kentucky breeding sheds will stay open as long as they have clients who want to book their mares...or until the stallions must head into quarantine for trips to Southern Hemisphere locations. Those trips usually take... Read More

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Latest Numbers Presented on Late Term Abortion/Early Foal Loss Syndromes

May 18, 2001

The University of Kentucky Disease Diagnostic Center reported Thursday that a total of 386 aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals had been submitted for diagnostic testing/evaluation since the problem first arose late last month.

The... Read More

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Ohio Vet: Problems Not Just in Kentucky

May 18, 2001

While Kentucky horse farms are at the epicenter of the foal loss crisis, the problem is not contained to the Bluegrass region according to a Northern Ohio veterinarian. Dr. Richard Novak drove 7 1/2 hours from his practice in Novelty, Ohio, to... Read More

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Two Ohio Counties Experiencing Similar Syndromes

May 18, 2001

Now two counties in Ohio are seeing syndromes similar to those being presented in Kentucky, according to an update Thursday by Dr. Grant Frazer, associate professor at Ohio State University. Frazer said there is no way to make a confirmation tha... Read More