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Two further cases of CEM in Kentucky

TWO further cases of contagious equine metritis (CEM) have been confirmed in Kentucky.

On Wednesday, officials confirmed that a 16-year-old Quarter Horse stallion standing at an undisclosed farm in Kentucky had tested postive for the venereal disease, which can cause infertility in mares.

Since then, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse stallion and a four-year-old American Paint stallion standing at the same stud have also tested positive. Although the affected horses are in quarantine, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has asked the US Department of Agriculture to declare a state of emergency and provide funds to prevent the disease from spreading further.

"It is important for the people of Kentucky to understand that this could be a serious situation in our signature equine industry," said Farmer in a statement.

"The state is working with federal authorities to contain the outbreak and determine its source.

He added: "The state is acting aggressively to contain and mitigate this disease. Our interstate and international trading partners can be confident that Kentucky will employ all necessary resources to deal with this situation."

According to officials, there is no evident that CEM has yet spread to Thoroughbreds.

 

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