Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Veterinarians Report Pericarditis Cases Still Being Seen

May 31, 2001

Horse owners should not become too lax even though researchers say the insult that caused the foal losses and other health problems this spring in Kentucky and other states probably is past.

There still are lingering problems in the aftermat... Read More

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Researchers Probing How Mares Ingested Cyanide; 150 Farms Surveyed

May 31, 2001

Scientists now believe they know why more than 500 foals died and mares spontaneously aborted several thousand more early pregnancies on central Kentucky's horse farms this spring.

Their work, however, is far from finished as... Read More

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Attending to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Costly

May 31, 2001

While cost isn't always the most important consideration when it comes to a crisis, over time, the costs can add up.

For example, since Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome materialized in Kentucky, veterinarians and farm managers have been... Read More

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Epidemiologic Survey Teams Begin

May 31, 2001

Beginning Wednesday May 30, trained veterinarians, researchers and technicians will be contacting and visiting farms to administer an in-depth confidential farm survey. Questions will involve routine farm management, pasture management, and... Read More

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Non-Thoroughbred Breeding Farms Wanted

May 31, 2001

Attention to all non-Thoroughbred horse farms in Kentucky with more than 20 mares. If mares were bred between March 1 and May 1, examined by ultrasound as being in foal prior to 40 days and also after 60 days of gestation we strongly encourage... Read More

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Daily MRLS Information Updates Cease

May 31, 2001

As of May 25, we will be discontinuing the posting of daily reports from the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC). Both field reports from equine practitioners and submissions to the LDDC, indicate a sharp decline in number of MRLS... Read More

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May 25 MRLS Update

May 31, 2001

Following is from the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture as of Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. More information can be found on their web site at Read More

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Dead Crow Found In Milford, Connecticut Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

May 25, 2001

From the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

On May 23, the State Mosquito Management Program announced the first bird positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Connecticut, submitted from Milford and tested... Read More

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Armadillo Linked to EPM

May 25, 2001

A recent study from the University of Florida found that the nine-banded armadillo is an intermediate host for Sarcocystis neurona, the single-celled protozoan parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal... Read More

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AVMA Wants Legislation Preparing For Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks

May 25, 2001

The AVMA is working with officials in Washington, DC, to draft legislation outlining procedures for preventing the introduction of a foreign animal disease in North America, and a well-coordinated emergency response plan to be implemented in the... Read More

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EPM Study

May 25, 2001

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious and often fatal neurologic disease of equids. Animals affected by EPM can demonstrate a variety of clinical abnormalities, and signs can vary tremendously in severity. Classically, horses wit... Read More

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Grass Sickness Remains Research Priority

May 25, 2001

The death of Dubai Millennium from grass sickness has again highlighted the devastating effects of the disease, and brought to prominence research tied to finding causes and a cure.

In Great Britain, research is being carried out at Edinburg... Read More

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Researchers Zero In on Cyanide as Cause of Foal Loss Syndrome

May 25, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Center have made significant progress in their quest to find the cause of the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

According to reports presented Thursday during an informational forum at... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pastures Deemed 'Safe' For Mares

May 25, 2001

Dr. David Powell of the Gluck Equine Research Center said at the Keeneland informational meeting on the evening of May 24 that he is "confident at this stage that the incidence of problems has dropped significantly." Therefore, he offered the... Read More

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Questions and Answers From May 24 Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Meeting

May 25, 2001

Following are some of the questions and answers from the informational meeting Thursday about Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

Q: A veterinarian from Minnesota asked if there were alterations in immune functions in mares... Read More

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Latest Twist in Foal Loss Syndrome: Mycotoxins Out, Cyanide In

May 25, 2001

No longer does the mysterious Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome appear to be the result of incredibly high mycotoxin levels in pasture grasses; now the most likely cause appears to be cyanide brought onto pastures from wild black cherry trees, carrie... Read More

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Study Shows Nearly 30% Foal Loss On Four Major Farms

May 25, 2001

A reproductive study examining the breeding records of four Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms reveals that nearly 30% of mares bred between early February and early May 2001 who were declared at one time to be in foal, lost those foals.

Dr... Read More

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Facts About Black Cherry Trees and Tent Caterpillars

May 25, 2001

The good news is if the Eastern tent caterpillars were responsible in some way for this spring's outbreak of foal loss, that they are gone now, cocooned and growing into the next generation of moths. The bad news is that next year, they could be... Read More

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Keeneland Considering Heart-Scanning Program For Sale Yearlings

May 25, 2001

Keeneland is exploring ways to deal with sale horses whose health might have been compromised by pericarditis and other problems linked to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). One possibility is a pre-sale heart-scanning program for yearlings.... Read More

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Jockey Club Issues Call for 2001 Live Foal/No Foal Reports

May 25, 2001

The Jockey Club is asking breeders to submit their 2001 Live Foal/No Foal Reports as soon as possible after the birth of the foal or when it is determined that a mare will not produce a live foal this year. The request is coming on the heels of the... Read More

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May 23 Update: Additional Evidence Ruling Out Mycotoxins

May 25, 2001

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on May 23 posted the following information on its web site at http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/VetScience/mrls/briefings.htm... Read More

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Foal Loss Update; Field Report From Walmac Farm

May 25, 2001

Kentucky Disease Diagnostic Center Fetal/Foal Loss Update: 5/23/01As of noon May 23, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received three additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (one early-term and two late-term) for... Read More

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Mother Nature's Toxic Spill: An Analysis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

May 24, 2001

A good mystery has many clues, some more obvious than others, and some more misleading. Researchers are scientific detectives, trying to piece together observations and facts that lead to a conclusion. But, while some cases are concluded with all... Read More

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Second Industry Meeting Set on Fetal Loss Syndrome

May 24, 2001

At Monday's daily briefing from the University of Kentucky, it was announced that the scientific investigating team, with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, will hold an information... Read More

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Fetal Loss Syndrome Count to 528

May 24, 2001

As of noon May 21, the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received 12 additional aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals (one early-term and 11 late-term) for diagnostic testing/evaluation. The total received since April 28, 2001, is... Read More