Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS)

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MRLS and Vesiviruses?

July 01, 2006

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers announced on June 23 that they linked vesiviruses to abortions seen during Central Kentucky's bout with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in 2001 and concluded that vesivirus-specific reagents shoul... Read More

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MRLS Cases in New Jersey

June 30, 2006

A farm in Northern New Jersey experienced high abortion rates in early June in fields where there were Eastern tent caterpillars. Samples from those aborted fetuses were sent to the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center fo... Read More

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One Kentucky MRLS Case

June 29, 2006

The University of Kentucky’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) has reported one confirmed case of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this year. The case was from a farm in Boyle County that reported to have caterpillars at that time... Read More

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Vesiviruses and MRLS?

June 26, 2006

Oregon State University researchers have reported a link between vesiviruses, which can affect a wide variety of mammals, and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). University of Kentucky researchers studying MRLS are concerned the results of... Read More

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Oregon State Study Links Virus to 2001 Kentucky Abortions

June 23, 2006

Veterinary researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) announced today that they have linked a major abortion epidemic in Central Kentucky mares in 2001 to vesivirus infection. This marks the first time the virus has been... Read More

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Florida Farms on Alert in Wake of Confirmed MRLS Case

June 01, 2006

About 200 people gathered at an April 6 meeting at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. pavilion in Ocala, Fla., for an update on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The syndrome is believed to be responsible for at least three equine deaths in... Read More

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Decreasing Risk--Utilizing Industry-Based Standards of Care

April 12, 2006

Adverse animal health events do not occur randomly. Usually, there are identifiable causal--and possibly preventable--factors that can influence the development of disease. Depending upon whether the risk factors are already known or identified... Read More

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UK Research Leads to New and Safer Caterpillar Insecticides

April 10, 2006

Experts predict that Eastern tent caterpillars will begin showing up in greater numbers around Central Kentucky during the next few weeks, making this an especially important time for area horse farms to be implementing control strategies. One such... Read More

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MRLS Effects Minimal in Central Florida

April 07, 2006

The impact of the deadly mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been minimal on central Florida horse farms this year, but experts say steps should be taken to limit future problems in the area's vast equine industry.

That was the... Read More

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Third Florida MRLS Case Confirmed

April 03, 2006

An Arabian mare in Marion County aborted a 310-day gestation (the foal was born dead) on March 13 that was confirmed as having mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of... Read More

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Florida MRLS Update 3-31-06

March 31, 2006

A second foal has been confirmed as having died from mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. The first case was a... Read More

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MRLS in Florida

March 29, 2006

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MRLS Update

February 01, 2006

"We can prevent mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) as we experienced in 2001 and 2002 by keeping horses away from caterpillars," said Bruce Webb, PhD, a University of Kentucky (UK) researcher who has been studying the condition that... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Research Findings

December 12, 2005

Research was presented on how to control Eastern Tent Caterpillars and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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Central Kentucky Abortion Accessions Suggest Normal Foaling Season

February 17, 2005

Central Kentucky equine abortion accessions so far in 2005 do not indicate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) is posting the number of abortion accessions of all breeds... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss, Too

November 01, 2004

The case against Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) causing mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) is getting stronger, say researchers. Gavage (tubing into the stomach) of caterpillar larvae has been shown to cause late-term abortions that are... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss, Too

September 13, 2004

The case against Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) causing mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) is getting stronger, say researchers. Gavage (tubing into the stomach) of caterpillar larvae has been shown to cause late-term abortions that are... Read More

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Ocala Horsemen Cope With Power Outages, Minor Damage Following Frances

September 08, 2004

Horsemen in Ocala were coping with downed trees, damage to barn roofs, and widespread power outages Wednesday during the wake of Hurricane Frances, which pounded Central Florida with heavy rains and strong winds over the Labor Day... Read More

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MRLS in Washington State?

August 09, 2004

While there has been speculation that several cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) happened in Washington state during the spring of 2003, the number of accessions to the state's diagnostic lab doesn't uphold that theory. Charles... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Still Targeted in Kentucky

June 01, 2004

The forsythia were blooming at the end of March, and in Kentucky, that means that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) were hatching. In 2001 and 2002, those caterpillars crawled across many farms in Central Kentucky and left in their path what was... Read More

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Cicadas are Coming--But Shouldn't Affect Horses

April 12, 2004

After a 17-year absence from Kentucky, one of the largest known broods of periodical cicadas will emerge this spring, and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is warning vineyard and fruit tree growers to be aware of the coming of... Read More

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Central Kentucky Eastern Tent Caterpillar Status

March 31, 2004

Lee Townsend, Dan Potter, and Beth Ann Choate
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky

Most eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) egg masses should have hatched by now in central Kentucky. Scattered observations point to... Read More

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Some Federal Cash Will Go Toward MRLS Studies

March 01, 2004

Some of the $5.86 million the University of Kentucky's School of Agriculture will receive from this year's federal budget is earmarked for studies to determine the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome.

The university has worked in... Read More

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Breeding The High-Risk Mare

January 31, 2004

With advances in modern veterinary medicine happening all of the time, the practitioners agreed that management of high-risk mares is becoming easier, and the probability of a healthy foal is increasing.... Read More

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Reproduction/Perinatology Forum at AAEP 2003

January 31, 2004

Veterinarians interested in reproduction and perinatology (the foal immediately after birth) crowded into the Reproduction/Perinatology Forum at the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners' convention to discuss mare reproductive loss... Read More