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Abortion Increase Noted In Kentucky Broodmares

Thursday, 3rd February 2011

The University Of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory "has noted an increase in the number of abortions reported in Kentucky's 2011 foal crop, especially those caused by nocardioform placentitis (a distinct form of inflammation of the placenta)" reported thehorse.com. The UKVDL reported just 19 cases from July-December 2010, but noted 34 cases from January 1-24. Associate director Dr Neil Williams commented: "Every year we constantly monitor the equine abortion cases to determine causes & trends. Some years it is more common. This year to date has had a moderate to large number of cases." Williams added that while nocardioform placentitis "is believed to be impacted by environmental factors, researchers have yet to pinpoint what those factors might be. . . . . Our lab is doing extensive analysis of our abortion cases to get a better idea of what we are experiencing with this foal crop. We should have additional information in the near future."

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