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40 Equine Leptospirosis Cases In Kentucky

Friday, 9th March 2007

The University Of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center "confirmed 40 cases of equine leptospirosis in the Central Kentucky region from July 2006 until now & most of the observed cases have resulted in foal loss by pregnant mares," reported bloodhorse.com. During the same time last year, only 2 cases of equine leptospirosis were confirmed. Scientists at the LDDC believe the jump in cases "could be related to last year's increased rainfall". A working group (made up of LDDC & Gluck Equine Research Center scientists) "has begun a comprehensive Bluegrass-based epidemiological study & a nation-wide economic impact study of equine leptospirosis"; They hope the efforts "will raise awareness regarding this disease & also help foster the development of a much needed leptospirosis vaccine for horses". Equine leptospirosis is a bacterial disease found world-wide that affects many species, including horses and people; the source of the bacteria "is the urine of wild animals, including mice, squirrels, fox, skunks, opossums & deer" (& occasionally domestic species such as cattle, dogs & pigs).

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