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Kentucky stallion
tests positive for CEM

A QUARTER Horse stallion based in Central Kentucky has tested positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM), a transmissible venereal disease which can result in abortion and infertility in mares.

The 16-year-old stallion, who was transferred from Texas to Kentucky in February, was routinely tested on December 10 by the University of KentuckyLivestock Disease Diagnostic Center in preparation for the shipment of his frozen semen to Europe. The test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa on Monday.

The stallion and any horses exposed to him have been placed in quarantine, where they are undergoing further tests.

According to reports, the stallion serviced 44 mares this season on the farm and by shipped semen. The farm was also home to another 21 stallions this season.

 

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