Early pericarditis survey results negative

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Jul 01, 2001
By dvm360.com staff

Examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings indicated no sign of pericarditis, Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Haygard-Davidson-McGee veterinary practice in Lexington, Ky., reported to The Bloodhorse.

Byars says it is a "positive" finding and is pleased with the early results.

Dr. Johanna Reimer, a specialist in veterinary cardiology with the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, also reports no new acute pericarditis cases recently.

Reimer gathered figures from Rood and Riddle, Hagyard-Davidson-McGee, and the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, which indicated that 10 of the diagnosed pericarditis cases have been Thoroughbred yearlings. The Thoroughbred population in Kentucky is estimated at 9,000, translating to just 0.1 percent of the yearlings being infected.