MRLS 2002 cases climbing, but 'not alarming'

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May 17, 2002
By dvm360.com staff

Lexington, Ky.—

The cases of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome are filtering in again this year, but at a much slower rate compared to this time last year, officials report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

From April 28 to May 4, the University of Kentucky (UK) Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center had received 55 dead foals presenting with conditions consistent with the syndrome. The week prior, the center received just four.

Foal deaths reported April 28 through May 7 are down 61 percent over last year, according to the diagnostic center.

Although the incidence still exists, "there is no alarming rise of increased activity," says David Switzer, executive director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.

As of May 4, 604 dead foals were delivered to the center, down 14 percent from last year. Not all died due to MRLS.