A working group in Central Kentucky has begun an epidemiological study in the wake of 40 cases of equine leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that has resulted in foal loss in some mares.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have reported numerous early cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause a variety of equine problems, including abortion, a flu-like illness, and uveitis (moon blindness). Leptospirosis can spread from horses to humans.
High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky horses could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force.
Equine abortions were down in Kentucky for the first time this year based on the latest weekly report from the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC).
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