Isolated Cases Consistent with MRLS Identified

A few isolated cases consistent with a diagnosis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome have been identified in the last seven days, said the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners at a meeting May 1. The numbers are significantly less than reported for the corresponding period in 2001.

In a released statement, the KAEP said the vast majority of farms have not identified any fetal losses associated with MRLS. There have been only three sick foals presented to local equine hospitals with signs consistent with MRLS.

Based on results of a recent study conducted at the University of Kentucky, members of the KAEP board of directors strongly emphasize the importance of restricting the exposure of mare to Eastern tent caterpillars and their frass, as previously recommended.