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by: Cornell University
From The Horse
January 07 2009
Strict hygiene guidelines should be followed whenever handling breeding mares or stallions to prevent reproductive infectious diseases, including contagious equine metritis (CEM).
CEM is spread between horses primarily by breeding, either by natural service or artificial insemination (AI). Grooms, handlers, and breeding technicians or veterinary personnel can also spread the disease if good hygiene is not practiced when working with either breeding mares or stallions. The current CEM outbreak in the United States underscores the need for careful hygienic procedures when breeding horses.
The following basic recommendations can assist in preventing the spread of CEM and other reproductive infectious diseases:
If you have any concerns about any reproductive disease in your horse(s) you should contact your veterinarian. CEM cases or suspect cases should be reported to the USDA or your state animal health officials.
By Linda Mittel, DVM, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Added: January 20, 2009