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23 Deaths At French Stud Chartreux Blamed On Parasite

Thursday, 3rd June 2010

In France, investigations into the deaths of 23 horses at Alain Brandebourger's Haras des Chartreux in Normandy "have discovered the majority were caused by larval cyathostomosis," reported racingpost.com. The disease, caused by encysted small strongyles (worms), can trigger "significant inflammation of the colon resulting in weight loss, diarrhoea, oedema of the legs & abdomen, plus potentially death in the most severe cases". Following investigations into the large number of horses lost at the beginning of this year, the stud's 12 stallions "have now been able to start covering again". Benedicte Ferry from Veterinary Service Of Calvados confirmed: "Alain Brandebourger has had a series of unfortunate problems with an important parasite, linked with a resistance to wormers. The problem was a lot worse because we have had such a bad winter." Encysted small strongyles "can remain in the lining of the intestinal track for up to 3 years prior to causing the symptoms of the disease".

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